Philosophy Statement of Values

Philosophy Department
Statement of Values

The Philosophy Department shares Marquette University’s commitment to the values of inclusion

and respect for all students, faculty, and staff regardless of race, creed, gender, disability, sexual

orientation, or nationality. Philosophy is a discipline committed to intellectual curiosity and

humility, and 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.


The department is committed to creating an environment in which all students and faculty feel

supported and safe in their exploration of the philosophical questions that move them, and in their

ability to contribute to and develop our rich and diverse philosophical community. To this end,

students, faculty, and staff in the department are expected to behave toward one another with

sensitivity, consideration, understanding, tolerance, and an active concern for others’ welfare.


Behavior that is disrespectful toward the race, creed, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or

nationality of any students, faculty, or staff is not only a violation of Marquette’s ethos; it

undermines the equal ability of all students and faculty to shape the community of philosophical

inquiry and curiosity that is essential to the flourishing of philosophy as a discipline.