Department News

We want to congratulate Ross Allen, majoring in both Philosophy and Economics, for winning a Truman Scholarship!

We also congratulate Jonathan Bostrom, majoring in both Philosophy and Anthropology, for his election to Phi Beta Kappa!

Camille Hébert (Moritz College of Law, Ohio State) will present "Applying Philosophical Principles in Law" on Thursday, April 17, 4:00 pm, in Dickens 203. 

We are currently doing an internal search for a new Department Head.  Here is the description of the position with submission requirements and dates.  


 The Department of Philosophy at Kansas State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Head to begin June 8, 2014.  The successful applicant will be a tenured faculty member in the Department of Philosophy at K-State with a successful record of teaching, research, and service. The successful applicant will have experience in leading diverse groups of professionals, knowledge of college and university policies and procedures, and a vision for the department’s future. This individual will also value working with faculty and students from diverse backgrounds, have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, and will be able to exhibit innovative thinking about the department’s ongoing programmatic development and resource challenges.

 Department head responsibilities include:

1)Faculty development, which includes recruiting, hiring, mentoring, and evaluation of faculty;

2)Management, which includes preparing budgets, maintaining department records, assigning duties to faculty members, supervising classified and student personnel, and overseeing finances, facilities and equipment.

3)Strategic vision, which involves providing long-term direction and vision for the department including overseeing curriculum development, planning or conducting faculty meetings, and providing external leadership, and overseeing the department’s diversity initiatives.

4)Legal compliance, which involves keeping the department in compliance with university rules and federal and state law;

5)Fundraising, which involves working with Foundation Officers on obtaining support for the department;

6)Scholarly activity, which involves teaching and research in Philosophy

Applicants must electronically submit: (1) a letter of application that describes the applicant’s qualifications, vision for the department, and philosophy of leadership; and (2) a detailed curriculum vitae. Applications and the names and email addresses of three references should be sent to: Dr. Phillip Klebba, c/o Karen Solt, The screening of applications will begin on April 4, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

Kansas State University is an AA/EEO employer that actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Who we are

Our department has strengths in philosophy of science, social and political philosophy, philosophy of language, decision theory, ethics, aesthetics, and philosophy of mathematics.  We are an undergraduate-focused department that is also very active in research, giving our students the opportunity to participate in philosophical research while still undergraduates.

We offer a variety of options within the major program to provide flexibility in organizing a course of studies with philosophy at its center.  We also offer a minor. Our program in philosophy gives students an understanding of traditional philosophical subjects such as the nature and justification of moral values, religious and scientific explanations of the world, the rationality of social institutions, and the nature of reasoning and argument. It also helps students develop critical habits of thinking and skill in understanding complex issues. Consequently, philosophy is an appropriate subject around which to organize a general education for any purpose. Our majors go to law school, medical school, graduate programs in philosophy and related areas, become ministers, and open their own businesses, and all of them credit our program with preparing them for successful careers.

LSAT, GMAT and GRE scores for philosophy majors rank in the top three nationally virtually every year. Also, philosophy majors have among the highest acceptance rates at law schools and medical schools each year. For instance, K-State philosophy majors over the last twenty years have had an acceptance rate at law schools of over 96%.

Free Philosophy Tutoring is held Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 1:30-2:30 in Dickens Hall 201.

Research Spotlight

Salvatore Florio presented "On the Innocence and Determinacy of Plural Quantification" (with Øystein Linnebo) at the Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic Meeting, February 26-27, at the Research Center for Thinking and Behavioral Judgment, Keio University, Tokyo.

August Fitch, dual major in philosophy and chemistry, presented his undergraduate research, "The Epistemology of Computer Simulations" in a poster at the Kansas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol, Wed, Feb 12.  August is one of ten KSU students who participated.

Community Events

We have an active student-led Philosophy Club, which meets on Mondays from 7 to 10 p.m. in Dickens Hall 203.

On Thursdays (unless we have a speaker), from 4 p.m. to whenever, we have Rationalitea in Dickens 201.  Tea and snacks are provided.

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Support the Philosophy Department

The K-State Foundation has two funds that directly support Philosophy: The Philosophy Scholarship Fund (Q12400) and the Philosophy Faculty Development Fund (F35415).  The first provides scholarships for our majors and the second helps the department bring in speakers and travel to conferences.  Thank you for your support!