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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.

Department Spotlight

  • Spotlight November
  • Spotlight graduate November

Faculty Spotlight
Michael Olson recently won a Participating Faculty Research Award to support archival research for his book on the connection between the life sciences, theories of race, and reflections on European colonial expansion in eighteenth-century German thought. More details 

Graduate Student Spotlight
Gwendalynn Roebke is a McNair Scholar and first year M.A student. They spent their undergrad between engineering labs, conducting fellowship research in psychology archives, and presenting their own independent projects and lectures at conferences (be it critical race theory around the construction of Blackness and/or thoughts on capitalism and seat at the table politics). More details

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

News and Events

Philosophy's Holiday Cookie Collection
Check out Richard Taylor's 116 Holiday Recipes from Philosophy Students. The Ice Box Cookie and Mint Chocolate Chip are this year's newest additions. See for yourself!

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. Two more women in Philosophy, Theresa Tobin and Marisola Xhelili Ciaccio, also contributed chapters. The book release is on December 2 from 4:30-6pm. More info

Department Dissertations
Pete Burgess & Phil Mack and will be defending on Friday, Dec. 10th 10am and 1pm, respectively  Both dissertations
will be in Raynor 330B and are open to the public.

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."

Philosophy Friday Seminar Series*
Every Friday 3-4:30pm, MU Hall 105
Dec. 3rd Sebastian Luft
Kant and Cassirer on Language
*check out the full lecture series

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

Learn more about Philosophy Faculty research areas

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