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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.

Philosophy Department Statement of Values

Department Spotlight

  • Sebastian Luft
  • Dustin Trampe

Faculty Spotlight
Sebastian Luft
works on modern European philosophy (with a budding interest in classical American philosophy).  A fan of collaborative efforts, he is organizing, together with Dustin Trampe and graduate students and Prof. Johanna Oksala from Loyola Chicago, a joint conference this November on “Phenomenology and Critique.” Read Luft's spotlight.

Graduate Student Spotlight
Dustin Trampe is a representative of the Philosophy Graduate Student Association (PGSA), working to increase opportunities for graduate students to present and refine their philosophical ideas. Read Trampe's spotlight.

Learn more about Philosophy Faculty research areas

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

News and Events

Philosophy Graduation Celebration
Graduates, friends, and family are welcome to attend a celebration honoring all graduating Philosophy Majors and Minors and graduate students on Saturday, May 21st in Marquette Hall, Room 111, 1pm. Light Refreshments will be served.

Congratulations Award Winners
The Philosophy Department is proud to announce the following awards to graduating seniors: Joe Hennessey has been awarded the Francis X. Boden Award for Excellence in the Study of Philosophy. Josephine Napolski has been awarded the James Robb Award for Excellence in the Study of the History of Philosophy. Claire Connelly has been awarded the Rev. John Naus, S.J. Award for Excellence in the Study of Ethics and Values.

New Appointment for Sterling Knox 
PhD candidate Sterling Knox was appointed to the Governor's Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee which provides leadership and support in setting a vision for juvenile justice in Minnesota that is informed by evidence-based practices, multi-disciplinary experience, and the diverse communities of Minnesota. The appointment was announced in the Bemidji Pioneer

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

Congratulations Dr. Desiree Valentine
Dr. Desiree Valentine will be a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at Princeton University for AY 22-23. Congratulations on this great honor!

Minorities and Philosophy, Marquette University Chapter presents
A Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Mariana Ortega, Penn State
Sat. April 30, 9am-1pm, Sensenbrenner Hall. More details.

Philosophy Graduate Conference on the Philosophy of Care and Caring
Keynote Address: Dr. Agnieszka Jaworska
Univ. of California, Riverside
Frontotemporal Dementia & Capacity to Care

Philosophy Open House
Philosophy majors were invited to discover the major in Philosophy, to hear about Fall 2022 PHIL courses, and to learn about the Philosophy Honor Society and Philosophy Club, and more! More info here

Michael Olson Receives a Participating Faculty Research Award
This recognition and the $3000 award goes to full-time participating faculty member based on their record of scholarly activity. Congratulations, Michael! More information

Faculty Development Awards
Congratulations to Jessica Wolfendale and Pol Vandevelde, recipients of FY22 Faculty Development Awards.

Love, Sex and Justice in the South
PhD students Karolyn Burns and Melady Elifritz have been invited to speak on a panel at this year’s Southeastern Women’s Studies Association (SEWSA) Conference on Love, Sex and Justice in the South (3/24-3/26, virtual). The panel Feasting and the Ecologies of Sex weaves together sexual excess under racial capitalism from 16th century Europe, plantations of the American South and our current time. More information

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

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