How should we live? What gives our lives meaning and purpose? What should we believe, and how can we be confident that our beliefs are true? These are the questions that have occupied philosophers for centuries, and that occupy us as we live our lives. Philosophy seeks to give rigorous, well thought out answers to these questions, or, at least, to help us frame the right approaches in the search for truth. At Marquette, we pursue these and other perennial issues primarily through the study of Western philosophical traditions from their Greek origins to contemporary thought.
The Philosophy Department has 27 regular full-time faculty, with a wide range of teaching and research interests. The department has a long tradition of research strengths in Medieval Philosophy and Continental Philosophy. During the past fifteen years, the department has greatly expanded teaching and research strength in ethics, social, and applied philosophy.
For undergraduates, the department offers a major with three specialization tracks: History of Philosophy; Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy; and Ethics and Values. For graduate students, we offer a Ph.D. that allows for specialization in all areas of the history of philosophy as well as many systematic areas. We also offer an M.A with specializations in the History of Philosophy and Social and Applied Philosophy.
Philosophy Department Mission Statement
The Philosophy Department at Marquette University aims to enable students in all disciplines with the development of interpretive, critical, analytical and communicative skills necessary to personal intellectual and moral development, cultural literacy, and achievement in the complexities of life in the Twenty-First Century. The Department aims to foster among faculty and students a climate of mutual respect and support for engaging in scholarship, learning, and service that embraces diversity, respect for historic traditions, and the pursuit of knowledge in historic and contemporary approaches to philosophy. The department aims to extend the role of philosophy beyond the university through its publications and leadership in the profession and through innovative programs that engage alumni and community members. As a philosophy department in a Jesuit Catholic University, the Department encourages students and faculty to engage in exploration of the Catholic tradition in the history of philosophy and an examination of the role of philosophy in a life of faith and service. The Department understands its mission in the context of the University’s Mission statement. (Adopted 08/2009)
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Alumna Kristin Schaupp awarded Grant
Alumna Kristin Schaupp has been awarded an NEH grant for her enduring questions course on happiness. Further details here.
Recent Graduate wins Award
Dr. Melissa Mosko (PhD, 2011) has been awarded the Dr. I Joan Lorch Award at Canisius College. Further details here.
Alumnus Jacob Held wins Scholarship
Alumni Jacob Held has been awarded the Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Award at his university, The University of Central Arkansas.
Congratulations to our Graduate Students for their Fellowships
Four of our PhD students have been awarded fellowships for next year!
Kimberly Engels has been awarded a Reverend John P. Raynor, S.J., Fellowship.
Jered Janes and Jennifer Marra have both been awarded an Arthur J. Schmitt Fellowship.
Tyler Friedman has been awarded a Smith Family Fellowship.
Summer Courses On Line
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Alum Ryan Knott serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps
The Jesuit Volunteer Corps profiled one of our alumni, Ryan Knott, a German major with a minor in philosophy, on their website this month! This year there are 2 alumni from Marquette serving in JVC, and Ryan’s profile shares just one of these stories. Ryan is serving in the International Program as a teacher at St. Peter Claver High School in Dodoma, Tanzania. Each Jesuit Volunteer brings their experiences, motivations, education, and inspiration to JVC, helping to bring a diverse richness of experience into the program and forming the community of JVC. See Ryan’s profile here: jesuitvolunteers.org/jv-profiles/