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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.

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Department Spotlight

  • Wyoming Catholic College
  • Keynote address

Dr. Stephanie Rivera Berruz will be the keynote speaker for the 5th Latinx Philosophy Conference

PhD student Jacob Terneus (PhD student) gave an invited lecture at Wyoming Catholic College.


Recent News

javieraThe Department welcomes Dr. Javiera Perez Gomez, who joins us as Assistant Professor in Fall 2020. Her main research interests are in applied ethics and bio-ethics. Much of her current work focuses on analyzing policies and practices that seem to compound the disadvantages that members of marginalized groups already face.

2020 Undergraduate Philosophy Awards
Jason Hanselman, Francis X. Boden Award 
Jake Stavsky, James Robb Award 
Alanna McCauley Rev. John Naus, S.J. Award More details


Friday Virtual Seminar Series
Friday, 10/16/20 3-4 pm
Martin Luther King Jr. on the Political Emotions

Dr. Meena KrishnamurthyQueen’s University 

The Epistemology of Theological Predication
October 20, 2020 9-11 AM    
Dr. William Dunaway, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Dr. Ericka Tucker, Associate Professor of Philosophy will speak at Adulting 101: Social Change at Marquette - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Friday, 10/23/20 12-1 pm
In partnership with the Center for Peacemaking and the Black Student Council, this program will engage in a meaningful discussion about activism, organizing, and education and consider ways to engage in social responsibility and change.

Online Workshop In Phenomenology, sponsored by Loyola University Chicago and Marquette University
Saturday, 10/24/2020 9am-5:30pm  
To register, refer to the program agenda.

The 5th Latinx Philosophy Conference will take place virtually on October 30-31. The event is being organized by Marquette Philosophy’s Javiera Perez Gomez with keynote address by Philosophy’s Stephanie Rivera Berruz from 1-2:15 pm CST. 

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