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Department of Philosophy

Welcome to the Department of Philosophy!

What is Philosophy?

All of us make assumptions that profoundly influence how we live--assumptions about what's valuable, what the world is fundamentally like, and what we know. When we do philosophy, we critically examine these assumptions in an attempt to clarify for ourselves what we should believe and why we should believe it. In pursuit of these goals, philosophers cultivate precision of thought, clarity of expression, and sensitivity to multiple perspectives.

We are an undergraduate-focused department with research strengths in philosophy of science, social and political philosophy, decision theory, ethics, aesthetics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mathematics. We offer several tracks within our philosophy major, as well as a minor. Our curriculum prepares students for a wide variety of careers, including law, medicine, business, education, and ministry. 


Studying and tutoring in Tilghman lounge

Studying for finals and tutoring in the Tilghman lounge


Welcome back! The philosophy department's weekly tea time, Rationali-tea, will resume in the Fall. Rationali-tea takes place every Thursday in 201 Dickens Hall.  **If you are interested in joining us, please email Teresa (philosophy@ksu.edu) to get on the mailing list! 

Department Events

Rationali-tea: Every Thursday at 3:30pm throughout the Fall and Spring semesters, the faculty, staff, and students in the Philosophy department meet for tea and cookies in 201 Dickens Hall. (Rationali-tea is canceled when the department hosts a speaker.)

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Department News

Associate Professor Amelia Hicks has been named a 2021-22 Philosophy in the Media Fellow by the Marc Sanders Foundation.  This award will support travel to Washington DC to work with professionals from NPR to develop public-facing philosophy podcasts.  More information can be found at  https://marcsandersfoundation.org/2022-media-fellows/Congratulations, Professor Hicks!
One million marks from CARNAP! Professor Graham Leach-Krouse's framework for automated logic tutoring, CARNAP, is now being used at more than 30 institutions around the world, has just finished marking its millionth problem set.  Congratulations, Professor Leach-Krouse.
Philosophy major wins cancer research award.  Indera Coffel, working with Professor Shay Logan as a mentor, has secured a Cancer Research Award from the Johnson Cancer Research Center to investigate ethical aspects of RTCs with cancer drugs.  Congratulations Indera!

Support the Philosophy Department!

You can support our mission by contributing to any of three philosophy-specific funds:

  • the Philosophy Scholarship Fund (fund ID: Q12400),
  • the Philosophy Faculty Development Fund (fund ID: F91990), or
  • the Tilghman Fund (fund ID: F35415)

At this link. If you enter the fund name and/or ID in the "Special Instructions" box when prompted, the KSU foundation will direct your contribution accordingly.

Thank you for your support!