Department of Philosophy
What am I? What can I know? What must I do?
In your philosophy classes, you will improve your powers of reasoning and critical thinking and discuss influential theories of human nature, knowledge and reality, morality, justice, and the meaning of life. You will also develop analytical and communicative skills applicable to concrete problems in the real world, which is why philosophy majors succeed in a variety of fields, including business, journalism, non-profit work, and government. A Philosophy major is an ideal choice for students heading to law school. Based on test scores, a Philosophy major also provides excellent preparation for post-graduate education in several areas.
The Philosophy department directs the undergraduate Philosophy Club, which is open to all SU undergrads. We also run Philosophy Lab, an after-school program offered in local schools. Every year, we host speakers on a range of philosophical topics, as well as the Alston and Anbar lectures. With support from the Alice Hooker '34 Endowed Fund for Philosophy, we organize SPAWN (Syracuse Philosophy Annual Workshop and Network) and we manage the online Philosophy journal Ergo.
Our faculty conduct world-class research spanning many different areas of philosophy, including ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of race, metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and history of philosophy.
Our Ph.D. program, ranked among the top-50 in the U.S., attracts graduate students from around the world. Our graduate student groups include Women and Gender Minorities and Minorities and Philosophy, which organize events throughout the academic year, as well as the Philosophy Graduate Student Organization (PGSO), which hosts an annual conference.
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(Jan. 20, 2023)Chancellor Leads Ceremony Recognizing Crown Honors Professors
Heidi Hehnly, associate professor of biology, is the Renée Crown Honors Professor in the Sciences and Mathematics, and Karin Nisenbaum, assistant professor of philosophy, is the Renée Crown Honors Professor in the Humanities.
(Nov. 22, 2022)Ben Cook Defends Dissertation
PhD Candidate in Philosophy successfully defends dissertation!
(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.
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
For the Love of Metaphysics: Nihilism and the Conflict of Reason from Kant to Rosenzweig , by Karin Nisenbaum, Oxford University Press (October 17, 2018), 296pp., ISBN-13: 978-0190680640
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