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Philosophy invites us to explore the fundamental questions of human life, such as; How should we live? What does a just society look like? What gives our lives meaning and purpose? What should we believe, and how can we be confident that our beliefs are true? 

These questions have arisen in all cultures and during all eras of human history. Philosophy is and always has been a global practice. The Philosophy Department at Marquette celebrates the plurality and diversity of philosophical approaches and embraces philosophy’s ability to speak to who we are as human beings in all contexts, including culture, religion, race, and gender.

Students who choose to study with us will explore philosophy’s fundamental questions through the lens of a wide array of philosophical traditions from Ancient Greece, Europe and the Middle East, to Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia, in a rigorous and exciting program that will challenge them to become critical thinkers who interrogate inherited assumptions and illuminate new ways of being, thinking, and doing in the world.

Learn more about Philosophy Faculty research areas

Department Spotlight

  • Educator Curriculum Award
  • The Consolations of Spinoz

Dr. Ericka Tucker is interested in how philosophers of the past and present understand how individual humans can be coordinated into collective action, or politics.

PhD candidate Shaila Wadhwani-Greenhalgh received an Educator Curriculum Award as part of the 'We Are Each Others' Campaign through the Interfaith Youth Core.

Check out how Philosophy at Marquette can work with your academic plan.

Department News

Our Favorite Things
Sharing practical advice from colleagues, Philosophy’s Melissa Shew started a video series called Marquette’s Our Favorite Things, an exploration of teaching and learning for online settings and beyond. Shew also teaches as part of the Executive MBA Program at Marquette and will be presented with an Excellence in Executive Education Award at a ceremony on December 5th.




Recent News

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant Awarded to Philosophers
Dr. Theresa Tobin, Philosophy and Marisola Xhelili Ciaccio, PhD candidate in Philosophy, are part of a team that received a $745,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to establish the Education Preparedness Program (EPP). More details

Philosophy Friday Seminar Series
Check out the new schedule for spring 2021
Fridays, 3-4 pm
For more information: Kimberly Ann Harris 

Karolyn Burns, Philosophy, has been selected to present a paper at this year's SEWSA conference, March 11th - March 14th. This year's theme is Precarious Times : Embodying Disobedience, Crafting Affinities. More information. 

International Reading Groups
Marquette Philosophy is sponsoring three levels of International Reading Groups in Medieval Arabic and Latin.
1/30/2021- 4/3/2021 
More information

Ongoing Converations about Philosophy for Girls: an Invitation to the Life of Thought
-OUPBlog: "Girls, Women, and Intellectual Empowerment"
-Philosophy for Girls is featured in the Women in Philosophy blog series at the APA.
-Philosophy alumna Shanti Chu discusses the book's chapter Recognition: Living a Queer-Alien-Mixed-Consciousness and how the book addresses the heart of tensions within Philosophy. Shanti Chu Video Commentary.
A new APA Blog Book Spotlight

Conference Announcement
Social Ontology and Objective Spirit Classical and Contemporary Perspectives
One Day Conference, May 28, 2021 via Zoom
More details

Peressini and Shew Receive Center For Transnational Justice Course Revision Awards 
Philosophy’s Anthony Peressini and Melissa Shew each received a $500 grant to revise their spring 2021 courses. The awards are part of The Center for Transnational Justice's public commitment to refocus its resources to address issues of systemic racism. More details on each course revision: Peressini and Shew.

114 Holiday (or any) Recipes Since 1986
To ease the stress of finals, since 1986 Philosophy's Dr. Richard Taylor has been asking his students to “borrow” their families’ best cookie recipes. Since then, he’s been immortalizing those recipes in a collection categorized by recipe, student name, course, and year. Check out 2020’s newest addition to the collection: #114: Indoor S'mores. 114 Holiday (or any day) Recipes Donated by Philosophy Students Since 1986 (2020 edition)

Jessica Wolfendale wrote about the importance of moral reckoning after the recent report on war crimes committed by Australian Special Forces in Afghanistan. Link to the article

daniel colletteDaniel Collette was awarded a Course Revision Grant from the Center for Transnational Justice. With this, he'll re-design his Spring '21 course Early Modern Philosophy (PHIL 3650 101 T/Th 3:30pm). More details about the course revision.

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