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Welcome!

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.

Department Spotlight

  • Dr. Corinne Bloch-Mullins
Associate Professor and Director of the Cognitive Science Program and recipient of the 2022-2023 Way Klingler Sabbatical Fellowship Award. During my sabbatical, I will be conducting theoretical and empirical research on the nature of similarity judgments and their role in categorization. I’ll be collaborating on this project with Dr. Robert Goldstone, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University.
  • I have a deep interest in applied social and political philosophy. Currently my research is focused on the intersection of black thought and disability.  I am part of MU Minorities and Philosophy (MAP), a non-hierarchical organization that supports minoritized students, faculty and members of the Milwaukee community.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Corinne Bloch-Mullins, Associate Professor and Director of the Cognitive Science Program and recipient of the 2022-2023 Way Klingler Sabbatical Fellowship Award. During my sabbatical, I will be conducting theoretical and empirical research on the nature of similarity judgments and their role in categorization. More information

Graduate Student Spotlight
Karolyn Burns: I have a deep interest in applied social and political philosophy. Currently my research focuses on the intersection of black thought and disability. I am part of MU Minorities and Philosophy (MAP), a non-hierarchical organization that supports minoritized students, faculty and members of the Milwaukee community. More information

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

News and Events

Philosophy Friday Seminar Series
Every Friday 3-4:30pm, MU Hall 105
Check out the spring '22 schedule here

Showcasing the Humanities
Philosophy and State Violence
Jessica Wolfendale, Chair of Philosophy

Thurs. 2/2, 5 pm
Haggerty Museum of Art
Sponsored by The Center for the Advancement of Humanities (CfAH) 
More details on the full Spring '22 lecture series.

Summer Study Abroad Opportunity
Classical/Contemporary German Philosophy
Travel to Cologne, Germany
With Dr. Sebastian Luft, Philosophy
June 19-26, 2022
More information here.

Grad student featured in Marquette Series
Kiesha Martin, a doctoral student in Philosophy was featured in “IWL SHINES.” Read the Q&A with Kiesha.

Summer Faculty Fellowships
Jeanne Hossenlopp, Vice President for Research and Innovation announced 2022 Summer Faculty Fellowships for three in the Philosophy Dept: Kimberly Harris, Javiera Perez Gomez, and Pol Vandevelde. 

Philosophy Graduate Programs
Are you interested in Marquette's two graduate programs in Philosophy and how they work? Take a look:
MA Program (Overview)
PhD in Philosophy (Overview)
FAQs

The 2022 meeting of the Metaphysical Society of America will be held in person at Marquette on March 24-27.  The conference theme is "Metaphysical Traditions in Dialogue" and will feature the keynote address “Naturalism in African Thought? A Second Look at Old Assumptions” delivered by Dismis Masolo (University of Louisville).  The program, which features several members of our department, can be found here.  Additional information can be found here. 

Way Klingler Sabbatical Award
Congratulations to Philosophy's Corinne Bloch-Mullins, recipient of the 2022-2023 Way Klingler Sabbatical Fellowship Award. More details here.

Current graduate student Heidi Hildemann is the recipient of the Irene Frances Gyzinski Scholarship fund award. The award is highly competitive and is given to long-term residents of Southeastern Wisconsin who are students of Polish Extraction.

Women in Philosophy Contribute
to New Book

Now available: On the Vocation of the Educator in This Moment, published in conjunction with Marquette University Press. The book was edited by Dr. Jennifer S. Maney from the Center for Teaching and Learning and Dr. Melissa M. Shew, Philosophy. Three other deparment members also contributed chapters: Noel Adams, Theresa Tobin, and Marisola Xhelili Ciaccio. More info

Congratulations to Society Scholars: Karolyn Burns and Bella-Rose Kelly
Graduate students Karolyn Burns and Bella-Rose Kelly have been selected as the "society scholars" of the Metaphysical Society of America, for the 2022 ACLS Intention Foundry on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-racism.  They and Prof. Tyler Tritten of Gonzaga University will work with other academic societies in virtual and live sessions at the Newberry Library in Chicago and at Rutgers University-Newark, to develop initiatives to diversify the field of metaphysics.  This is part of a $2 million dollar grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. More information

Jessica Wolfendale on the Myth of “Precision” Weapons and “Precise” Strikes
Philosophy Chair Jessica Wolfendale published an article, "When Drone Warfare is Terrorism."

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