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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

Philosophy major Suan Sonna wins 2019 Merrill Essay Prize

Philosophers win NSF grant

3 Professors were guest speakers on Prof Talk.

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 cancelled when the department hosts a speaker.)

Philosophy Club: Follow the Philosophy Club on Twitter!

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Support the Philosophy Department!

The K-State Foundation has two funds that support the philosophy department: the Philosophy Scholarship Fund and the Faculty Development Fund. 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!