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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

  • PhD Program Fall 2021
  • Dr. Curtis L. Carter

Faculty Spotlight
The Haggerty Museum of Art will honor Founding Director Dr. Curtis L. Carter, Schuenke Chair of Philosophy. He will be honored at a Dinner Celebration of the Museum’s 35th Anniversary on September 23, 2021. More details here.

Graduate Student Spotlight
Marquette Philosophy welcomes five new students to the PhD program. Meet them here.

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

  • Why Philosophy?
  • MCC Foundations
  • MCC Writing
  • MCC Electives





News and Events

911 and the Erasure of American Torture
In a newly published article, Philosophy Chair Jessica Wolfendale discusses how the ongoing pattern of the justification and erasure of torture is indefensible. Read more here.

The Empathetic Autistic: A Phenomenological Look at the Feminine Experience
Scarlett Dana Fritz’s dissertation and public defense will take place October 21st  at 4pm in the Raynor Memorial Library (3rd Floor).  The dissertation committee is Sebastian Luft, John Jones, and Thomas Abrams (external reader, Queen’s University, Canada).

Faculty & Graduate Student Picnic 
Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, 4pm-6pm
Check out pictures from the event at The Vine Beer Garden at Humboldt Park.

Back to School Bike Ride & Picnic
Sat., August 28, 2021
Take a look at pictures from an afternoon in Estabrook Park.
More information here

Philosophy Friday Seminar Series*
Every Friday 3- 4pm, MU Hall 105
Sept. 17th  Jessica Wolfendale, The Erasure of Torture in America
Sept. 24th: Bella-Rose Kelly, Hegel's Doctrine of Essence in the Science of Logic
*check out the full seminar series

Philosophy’s Annual Aquinas Lecture
Ideology in Practice: What Does Ideology Do?
Dr. Sally Haslanger
Ford Professor of Philosophy and
Women's & Gender Studies
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Aquinas Public Lecture
Oct. 8, 2021: 3 pm - 4:30 pm, AMU 227  Philosophy Department Mini Conferences 
Oct. 8, 2021: 9 am – 2 pm, AMU 157 
Oct. 9, 2021: 9 am – 12 pm, AMU 163

Philosophy Department Retreat
Siena Retreat Center
October 29-31, 2021

The 2022 meeting of the Metaphysical Society of America meeting will be held in person at Marquette on March 19-21, 2022.  Think about paper ideas! For more information



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