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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

 

Welcome back! This Fall, the philosophy department will be hosting a virtual Rationali-tea (aka, Virtuali-tea) every other Thursday from 4-5pm. BYOT.  **If you are interested in joining us, please email Teresa (philosophy@ksu.edu) to get on the mailing list! We have many topics and activities planned, so stay tuned!

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

Congratulations to Sean McGimpsey! Sean and his team were finalists in Phillips 66 Business Ethics Case Competition at K-State.  Their case argued that Nestle’s marketing practices in Brazil were unethically predatory, and further  that the practices led to undue increases in rates of obesity and to cultural erosion.  Go Sean! 

CARNAP, Graham Leach-Krouse's framework for logic automated logic instruction, is now being employed at 20 universities across North America, and this fall will be used to train upwards of1800 students.  Congratulations, Graham.

Department Events

David Lefkowitz at March 11th 3:30-5 (Via Zoom): David Lefkowitz (University of Richmond) will give a presentation on the nature of crimes against humanity.  This topic is one of the themes in his new book Philosophy and International Law (Cambridge, 2020).  This presentation will be geared towards pre-law and philosophy majors, but everyone is welcome to join.  The event is jointly sponsored by the Philosophy Department and KSU's Pre-Law Program.

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.)

 

Philosophy Club: Follow the Philosophy Club on Twitter!

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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!