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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 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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Benjamin Cook portrait

(Nov. 22, 2022)

Ben Cook Defends Dissertation

PhD Candidate in Philosophy successfully defends dissertation!

Aatif Abbas portrait

(Nov. 14, 2022)

Aatif Abbas Wins Dissertation Fellowship at Colgate University!

Philosophy Grad Student Awarded Prestigious Fellowship.

(Sept. 29, 2022)

Philosophy Department Hires Josh Hunt, Elise Woodard

The philosophy department is pleased to announce two new tenure-track assistant professor hires, Elise Woodard and Josh Hunt, who will be starting in Fall 2023.

Side by side portraits of Heidi Hehnly, left, and Karin Nisenbaum, right.

(Sept. 26, 2022)

Syracuse University Announces Inaugural Renée Crown Honors Professorships

The newly formed Renée Crown Professor in the Sciences and Mathematics and Renée Crown Professor in the Humanities will enrich the undergraduate experience for Honors students.

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