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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

  • PhD Program Fall 2021
  • Dr. Curtis L. Carter

Faculty Spotlight
The Haggerty Museum of Art honored Founding Director Dr. Curtis L. Carter, Schuenke Chair of Philosophy. He was honored at a Dinner Celebration of the Museum’s 35th Anniversary on September 23, 2021. More details here.

Graduate Student Spotlight
Marquette Philosophy welcomes five new students to the PhD program. Meet them here.

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

News and Events

Advising & Registration Start in November
Advising weeks: November 1st-12th
Checkmarq registration November 19th-30th
Students and faculty can refer to this page for advising and registration resources.

Philosophy Friday Seminar Series*
Every Friday 3-4:30pm, MU Hall 105
October 29: Kimberly Harris: What Good Philosophers Do: Sir Michael Dummett and the Fight Against Racism
*check out the remaining lectures in the series

The Marquette University Midwest Seminar
in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy hosts:
Nathaniel Taylor, PhD candidate

Categories, Essence, and Modi Essendi:
Avicenna at the Heart of Aquinas’s Metaphysics

Oct. 21, 2021, 1 pm (CST)
Teams Link: please contact Owen.Goldin@marquette.edu

Philosophy’s 84th Aquinas Lecture 
Ideology in Practice: What Does Ideology Do?
Dr. Sally Haslanger
Ford Professor of Philosophy and
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Oct. 8, 2021: 3 pm - 4:30 pm, AMU 227
aquinas lecture q and a

The Empathetic Autistic: A Phenomenological Look at the Feminine Experience
Scarlett Dana Fritz’s dissertation and public defense will take place October 21st  at 4pm in the Raynor Memorial Library (3rd Floor).  The dissertation committee is Sebastian Luft, John Jones, and Thomas Abrams (external reader, Queen’s University, Canada).

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

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