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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

Fall 2018 studying for finals and tutoring in the Tilghman lounge


Thinking about becoming a philosophy major or minor? Visit our Future Students page.

Are you a current student looking for helpful resources? Visit our Current Students page.

Curious about upcoming department events? Visit our News and Events page.

Looking for contact information for a particular staff or faculty member? Visit our Faculty & Staff page.

Department News

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Department Events

Rationali-tea: Every Thursday at 4pm 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.)

Aesthetics on The Praire:  We are happy to announce the first Aesthetics on the Prairie conference. This inaugural conference will focus on scenography, the craft of designing scenes,and its extension to architecture and product design. Aesthetics at Kansas State Philosophy has been supported for many years by Ben and Marilyn Tilghman, and Aesthetics is a field to which Ben himself has made important contributions. The conference is supported by the Tilghman Fund. Aesthetics on the Prairie is free and open to the public...we invite our friends and alumni to join us on the 1st and 2nd of November, 2019. Those wishing to support aesthetics at KSU can do so by contributing to the Tilghman Fund (Fund Number F91990). You can view the program here.

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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!