How should we live? What gives our lives meaning and purpose? What should we believe, and how can we be confident that our beliefs are true? These are the questions that have occupied philosophers for centuries, and that occupy us as we live our lives. Philosophy seeks to give rigorous, well thought out answers to these questions, or, at least, to help us frame the right approaches in the search for truth. At Marquette, we pursue these and other perennial issues primarily through the study of Western philosophical traditions from their Greek origins to contemporary thought.
The Philosophy Department has 27 regular full-time faculty, with a wide range of teaching and research interests. The department has a long tradition of research strengths in Medieval Philosophy and Continental Philosophy. During the past fifteen years, the department has greatly expanded teaching and research strength in ethics, social, and applied philosophy.
For undergraduates, the department offers a major with three specialization tracks: History of Philosophy; Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy; and Ethics and Values. For graduate students, we offer a Ph.D. that allows for specialization in all areas of the history of philosophy as well as many systematic areas. We also offer an M.A with specializations in the History of Philosophy and Social and Applied Philosophy.
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Three outstanding graduating seniors have been awarded annual Philosophy Awards.
Sarah Gresser has been given the Francis X. Boden Memorial Award for academic achievement in social, political and legal philosophy.
Alex Zurek has been given the Rev. John Naus, S.J. Award for academic achievement in the study of ethics and values.
Mary Parmeter has been given the James. H. Robb Memorial Award for academic achievement in the study of the history of philosophy.
Congratulations to these fine students and best wishes in future endeavors.
Congratulations to Adriana Kowal who has received the 2012-2013 Thomas C. Anderson Graduate Teaching Award.
Three graduate students have been awarded dissertation fellowships for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Catlyn Origitano has been awarded a Smith Family Fellowship. Chad Kleist and Trevor Smith have been awarded Arthur J. Schmitt Fellowships. Congratulations!
Dr. Linda Martín Alcoff (Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center) has been awarded a 2013-14 University Metcalfe Chair. The Ralph H. Metcalfe Chair is named for Marquette alumnus Ralph Metcalfe. It is a non-residential chair that brings an African-American, Latina/o or Native American scholar from any academic discipline to Marquette University. Since 1982, the Metcalfe Chair has enriched the university with a roster of notable scholars. Dr. Alcoff will meet with faculty, and students, give a public lecture, and a lecture in the Colloquium series. The exact dates of her visit to campus are still to be determined.