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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.

Recent News

Read Dr. Stephanie Rivera Berruz's open letter to Marquette University regarding racial justice (June 17, 2020).

Dr. Stephanie Rivera Berruz wrote about the meaning and impact of the ongoing protests against police brutality in Milwaukee

Read Dr. Grant's blog entry, The Lives that Matter in the Prevailing Social Order, for the American Philosophical Association 

News Archive


International Series of Six Lectures on the Christian West and the Islamic East: Theology, Science and Knowledge. More Information

Latin and Arabic Reading Groups in 2020-21. More information

Event Archive

Department Spotlight

Graduate StudentsMarquette University Graduate Students presented original research at Philosophy Born of Struggle Conference, sponsored by Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Michigan. The panel was titled “Coloniality and the Boundaries of Exclusion”

From left to right: Jorge Montiel, Marquette University presenting: “The Coloniality of History” • Marisola Xhelili-Ciaccio, Marquette University presenting: “The Colonial History of Balkan Identity” • Alan Chavoya, Northwestern University presenting “Coloniality and Crimigration” • and Cameron Roman, Marquette University presenting: “Coloniality and Native Suppression.”