Department of Philosophy
What am I? What can I know? What must I do?
In your philosophy classes you will engage with foundational thinkers and develop your skills at understanding and assessing arguments. You will improve your powers of reasoning and critical thinking and expand your imagination and mind in confronting the timeless fundamental questions about the human condition. And in assessing the greatest responses humanity has so far managed to these questions, you will be encouraged to challenge their adequacy using the analytical and critical skills you have developed.
But philosophy is not only about the abstract and the distant past. The analytical skills and tools you develop will be used in your philosophy classes to address concrete problems in the real world. And these skills are highly sought after by employers in many fields including business, government, and journalism. Philosophy is also excellent preparation for law school, business school, and graduate school. In fact, philosophy majors consistently earn amongst the highest salaries and score towards the top on the LSAT, GMAT, and GRE. So don't let anyone tell you that stretching your mind to study the big questions comes at the cost of making you marketable - just show them the graphs.
Philosophy at Syracuse
The philosophy department at Syracuse has an excellent and productive faculty conducting world-class research in many different areas of philosophy. To learn more about our individual faculty members, you can visit their research profiles. The department is a very active academic community, regularly hosting speakers and organizing a range of conferences. We also have a strong graduate program that boasts a successful placement record, active graduate students, and a friendly, congenial atmosphere.
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Congratulations to Christopher Bousquet, whose paper “Words That Harm: Defending the Dignity Approach to Hate Speech Regulation” was just accepted for publication in the Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence.
Congratulations to Yiwen Gu, who was awarded the department's Peterfreund Prize this year. This prize is awarded annually to an undergraduate student on basis of outstanding performance in one or more philosophy courses and letters of support from our faculty.
Congratulations to Rowan Bell, who was selected to receive the Graduate Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Work. Rowan will provide a very brief presentation at the Dean’s award event, which will take place on April 9th between 2:30-4:30pm. Details to follow about how to attend. You can read an abstract of Rowan’s presentation below the fold.
Professor Luvell Anderson on Racial Fraud, and Professor Verena Erlenbusch-Anderson on January 6th and “Who We Are”
Professors Luvell Anderson and Verena Erlenbusch-Anderson both recently published essays engaging with current real-world issues: Anderson on Racial Fraud, and Erlenbush-Anderson on the events of January 6th, 2021 and our conception of “Who We Are.” Click to find out more.
Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy Volume 6, by David Sobel (Editor), Peter Vallentyne (Editor), Steven Wall (Editor), Oxford University Press (March 6, 2020), 272pp., ISBN-13: 978-0198852636
Hermann Cohen: An Intellectual Biography, by Frederick Beiser, Oxford University Press (December 18, 2018), 400pp., ISBN-13: 978-0198828167
Genealogies of Terrorism: Revolution, State Violence, Empire (New Directions in Critical Theory),by Verena Erlenbusch-Anderson, Columbia University Press (July 31, 2018), 296pp, ISBN-13: 978-0231187275
The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Race, edited by Paul Taylor, Linda Martin Alcoff, and Luvell Anderson, Routledge; 1 edition (December 12, 2017), 590pp., ISBN-13: 978-0415711234
The Genesis of Neo-Kantianism, 1796-1880 , by Frederick Beiser, Oxford University Press; 1 edition (June 1, 2017), 624pp., ISBN-13: 978-0198769989
From Valuing to Value: A Defense of Subjectivism, by David Sobel, Oxford University Press; 1 edition (January 10, 2017), 352 pp., ISBN-13: 978-0198712640
Weltschmerz: Pessimism in German Philosophy, 1860-1900, by Frederick C. Beiser, Oxford University Press; 1 edition (July 5, 2016), 352pp., ISBN-13: 978-0198768715
The Sovereignty of Reason: The Defense of Rationality in the Early English Enlightenment, by Frederick Beiser, Princeton University Press (April 19, 2016), 346pp., ISBN-13: 978-0691630427