Welcome to the Department of Philosophy

Our Mission

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.

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Listen to Sara Eilert, Rom WellsTina BarrettRachel Siciliano, and Vybhav Jetty reflect on their Miami experiences and how they became philosophy majors. And to the right Mark Thompson discusses his experience as a philosophy major:

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    Department of Philosophy

    Department of Philosophy

    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.

    212 Hall Auditorium
    Oxford, OH 45056
    513-529-2440
    philosophy@MiamiOH.edu

    Dr. Emily Zakin, Chair
    Ms. Patsy Day, Senior Program Associate

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