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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.

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Department Spotlight

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Dr. Kimberly Harris is from Michigan and a self-proclaimed food critic. She works in 19th century philosophy, especially Hegel and Hegelianism, Critical Philosophy of Race, and Black Philosophy. Read more

Nathaniel Taylor, graduate student: My research is in medieval Latin and Arabic philosophy, especially Avicenna and Thomas Aquinas. I am particularly interested in where metaphysics, philosophy of language, logic, and the philosophy of science meet. Read more

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

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Recent News

Congratulations Dr. Desiree Valentine
The Institute for Citizens & Scholars announced the 2021 class of Career Enhancement Fellows. Among this year’s class is Marquette University Philosophy’s Dr. Desiree Valentine. Press release

Brett Yardley has accepted a tenure-track position with DeSales University 
As a member of the Department of Philosophy & Theology, Yardley will be Assistant Professor responsible for teaching both core courses, including Philosophical Thinking, Ethics, and Bioethics, and philosophy electives in Ancient & Medieval Philosophy, including philosophy in the Abrahamic traditions.

Social Ontology and Objective Spirit
Classical and Contemporary Perspectives Organized by University of Cologne and Marquette University May 28, 2021
Virtual Conference via Zoom
To register: contact a.korfmacher@uni-koeln.de

Philosophy's Dr. Stephanie Rivera Berruz: Spotlight on Research
Marquette’s Institute for Women's Leadership features Dr. Stephanie Rivera Berruz who shares the work she is doing around Latin American Philosophy and Latinx feminisms as well as philosophy of race, gender, and sexuality. Listen here.

Philosophy's Friday Seminar Series 
Dr. Anthony Peressini, April 30, 3-4:30 pm
Racialized Disequilibriums and Marx's Working Day, Today 
Virtual: Click here to join the meeting
For more information: Dr. Kimberly Harris

Undergraduate Student Achievement Awards: Congratulations to Noelle Douglass for the Francis X. Boden Memorial Award; Marinella Krezic for the James Robb Memorial Award and Eric Miller for the Rev. John Naus, S.J. Award. More information

Philosophy Chair Dr. Jessica Wolfendale wrote an op ed about collective responsibility for the war crimes committed by Australian special forces soldier. Read here.

Dr. Kimberly Harris will be a panelist on Diversifying the Graduate Student Pipeline, Thursday April 29th 1pm CST. The event is organized by The Chronicle of Higher Education. More information.

Melissa Shew is highlighted in Marquette Today. 

The Final Lecture (Virtual): Philosophy's Friday Seminar Series 
Rocío Zambrana May 7, 2021 3-4:30 pm
Dystopia and Countermemory in Yuderkys Espinosa and Saidiya Hartman
To register: Dr. Kimberly Harris 

Jesuits.org published Undergrad and incarcerated students are learning side-by-side at Marquette. The result is transformative

Sterling Knox, PhD candidate, accepted a position as Director of Abinoojiyag Noojimoo-wigamig (Children's Healing Center) on Red Lake Nation, a safe Anishinaabe worldview based 24-hour residential living facility for young Anishinaabe relatives. More info.

Melissa Shew Promoted to Visiting Associate Professor
Dean of Arts & Sciences Heidi Bostic congratulated Shew on her promotion, calling it a well-deserved honor and thanking her for the work she does for Marquette.

Prestigious Fellowships Announced
Congratulations to Shaila Wadhwani-Greenhalgh, PhD Candidate, the recipient of an Arthur J. Schmitt Leadership Fellow for 2021-22. The fellowship dedicates its resources toward a better and more humane world. Shaila also received the University Award for Teaching Excellence for a Graduate instructor. 

And congratulations to Nathaniel Taylor, PhD Candidate, the recipient of the Raynor Fellowship, an award for promising graduate students to engage in advanced study and research to prepare for professional lives of service to their community and country.

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

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

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


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