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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! 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! 

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

Philosophy Professor Amelia Hicks has received the Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award! This award recognizes one exceptional undergraduate instructor each year within the College of Arts and Sciences. Congratulations Amelia!

Philosophy Professor Amelia Hicks is one of the Teaching and Learning Center's highlighted teachers of the month.

Philosophy Minor Sean McGimpsey to present at the 2021 Webster Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.  Sean will deliver remarks related to his paper "Business Ethics Pedagogy: Key Feature Analysis and Recommended Best Practices." Congratulations, Sean!

Suan Sonna has just had a paper accepted by Oxford’s Heythrop Journal, an interdisciplinary journal in philosophy and theology.  Suan’s paper “Roman and Catholic”, offers a deep dive into early Christian history and theology in responding to Jerry Walls on the issue of papal primacy.  Congratulations Suan! 

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.)

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!