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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Philosophy

Subway graffiti reads question everything.

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 you develop in your classes will be applied to address concrete problems in the real world, which is also why philosophy majors are 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, and philosophy majors consistently earn top scores 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 send them the links:

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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Latest News

Yiwen Gu awarded the Peterfreund Prize

posted on: March 25, 2021

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.

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Rowan Bell receives Award for Research and Creative Work

posted on: March 24, 2021

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.

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