Miami University
Department of Philosophy

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The department of philosophy at Miami University has nine full-time faculty members with a diverse array of research interests, and offers a broad range of courses and research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. We are committed to a pluralistic outlook and offer courses in Analytic, Continental, and Non-Western philosophy, with the history of philosophy emphasized as the common ground of all of these. For undergraduates, the department offers a major and two minors (in History of Philosophy and in Ethics), as well as three Thematic Sequences. For graduate students, we offer a two-year M.A. with funding. Two members of the department also edit a national philosophy journal, philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism.



To confront the questions and challenges in life that have no easy answers requires, in Kant’s words, the courage to use one’s own understanding. Our mission in the philosophy department at Miami University is to empower our students to live courageous and thoughtful lives by passing on to them the rich inheritance of the philosophical tradition: its great texts, its central problems and questions, and its distinctive methods of critical thought, reflection, questioning and self-questioning, lucid argumentation, and cogent writing.


Upcoming Events Spring 2014




Junior philosophy major Brian Sopher receives a 2013 Beinecke Scholarship.

The Fall 2012 newsletter is out! (PDF 733Kb)



Mark Thompson, currently at the The University of Chicago Law School, talks about how his Philosophy professors were his biggest mentors while at Miami because they taught him how to analyze issues and problems in way helpful to the study of law.

Listen to Tina Barrett, Rachel Siciliano, and Vybhav Jetty reflect on their Miami experiences and how they became philosophy majors.

"Working in philosophy—like work in architecture in many respects—is really more a working on oneself…on one's way of seeing things (and what one expects of them)."—Wittgenstein