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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Congratulations to Michael Rieppel, our latest Associate Professor with tenure.
The Philosophy Department is excited to welcome its newest tenure-track faculty member, Karin Nisenbaum.
Congratulations to Carolyn Garland, who successfully defended her dissertation Exploring the Metaphysics of Grief, in April 2021. Dr. Garland received her doctoral hood at the end of May.
Congratulations to Rowan Bell, who was selected to receive a competitive summer dissertation fellowship from the Graduate School.
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