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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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Latest News
Cagla Cimendereli portrait

(March 20, 2023)

Çağla Çimendereli awarded Humanities Center Dissertation Fellowship

Çağla Çimendereli was awarded a competitive Dissertation Fellowship for AY 2023-24 by Syracuse University’s Humanities Center, for her project “An Agency-Centered Approach to Linguistic Justice.”

(March 14, 2023)

Dante Dauksz Defends Dissertation

Dante Dauksz Defends Dissertation

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(March 7, 2023)

Introducing Aurantium

We are excited to introduce Aurantium, our new student-led undergraduate philosophy journal. Aurantium welcomes submissions from all SU undergraduates on any philosophical topic.

(March 7, 2023)

2023 Peterfreund Prize

Congratulations to Ian McMurry and Olivia Porter, winners of the department's 2023 Peterfreund Prize.

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