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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

  • disruption of social systems
  • Andrew Mellon Grant

Dr. Theresa Tobin, Associate Professor; her current research with Dawne Moon, Professor of Sociology explores spiritual violence many LGBTQ+ Christians experience when their faith communities relentlessly shame them, leading them to believe that God despises them or wants them to suffer. Read more.

Marisola Xhelili Ciaccio, PhD candidate, is a native of Albania and is writing her doctoral dissertation on the colonial legacy of Balkan identity. Her broader interests lie in the criticism and disruption of social systems with an eye towards justice for underserved populations. Read more.

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

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





Recent News

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. Knox will continue in the PhD program on pace. 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. The award was announced last Friday as part of Graduate Student Week and the 3-Minute Thesis.

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.  Think about paper ideas! For more information

Philosophy Friday Seminar Series spring 2021's New Schedule.
Fridays, 3-4 pm
For more information: Kimberly Ann Harris 

Karolyn Burns, Philosophy PhD candidate, has been selected to present a paper at this year's SEWSA conference, March 11th - March 14th.  More information. 

International Reading Groups
Philosophy is sponsoring three levels of International Reading Groups in Medieval Arabic and Latin;1/30/2021- 4/3/2021 
More information

Ongoing Conversations about Philosophy for Girls: an Invitation to the Life of Thought, by Melissa Shew.

Conference Announcement
Social Ontology and Objective Spirit Classical and Contemporary Perspectives
One Day Conference, May 28, 2021 via Zoom
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Philosophy's Anthony PeressiniMelissa Shew and Daniel Collette were awarded Course Revision Awards from the Center For Transnational Justice. With the awards they redesigned their spring '21 courses to better address issues of systemic racism.

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