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Philosophers ask big questions, critically explore a vast range of topics, and call into question many of our established assumptions. Our mission is to advance our discipline by producing innovative research, teaching, and service. Our department offers both undergraduate (major, double-major, minor) and graduate (master’s) degrees. The Philosophical Gourmet ranks our M.A. program among the best nationwide. The high rating of the M.A. program ensures that the undergraduate program is also very strong. Some of our undergraduate majors are currently pursuing philosophy Ph.D.s in programs every bit as excellent as those in which we have placed our M.A. students.
Investigate the Career of the UMSL Philosophy Major (PDF 914KB).
Philosophy Three-Year Course Plan (PDF 98KB).
The Department of Philosophy is home to the following interdisciplinary programs: Bachelor of Liberal Studies, Philosophy of Science and Technology Minor, and the Certificate of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. Learn more about the department's Neuroscience Certificate.
Philosophy Tutors are now in SSB 222 -- Blake Miener @ TR 9am-noon & F 10am-2pm / Miron Clay-Gilmore, hours TBD.
Latest Departmental research and news:
- Our M.A. students this winter have been admitted to many Ph.D. programs for the fall, including Rutgers, Virginia, Washington U, Colorado, Wisconsin, UC-Irvine, Ohio State, Syracuse and others.
- Jill Delston's “Does Sense Of Benevolence Influence Volunteering and Caregiving Among Older People?” appeared in Social Work Research
- Jill Delston's chapter, "Public Reason and Its Limits: The Role of Truth in Politics" appeared in Ethics in Politics: The Rights and Obligations of Individual Political Agents
- Jill Delston's "When Doctors Deny Drugs: Sexism and Contraception Access in the Medical Field," has been published in Bioethics
- Billy Dunaway won a UM Research Board grant for project titled Knowing Reality.
- Billy Dunaway is co-editing Meaning, Decision, and Norms: Themes from the Work of Allan Gibbard with David Plunkett. It will be published open-access with Maize Books, and imprint of Michigan Publishing and is (as far as we know) the first open-access edited volume of this kind in philosophy.
- Billy Dunaway's chapter 'Realism and Objectivity' has been publishing in the Routledge Handbook of Metaethics.
- Billy Dunaway's chapter 'Scepticism' (co-authored with John Hawthorne) has been published in the Oxford Handbook of the Epistemology of Theology
- Eric Wiland will present '(En-)joining Others' at the New Orleans Workshop on Agency and Responsiblity in November.
- Stephanie Ross will present 'Are Humean Critics Real and Can We Find Them Amongst Us?' at the APA-Central in Chicago in 2018.
More Philosophy Department news can be found on the News page.