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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.

Philosophy at Syracuse

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.

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(Nov. 22, 2022)

Ben Cook Defends Dissertation

PhD Candidate in Philosophy successfully defends dissertation!

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(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.

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