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Kwame Anthony Appiah

Kwame Anthony Appiah

 Hypatia

Hypatia

Julia Kristeva

Julia Kristeva

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Cornel West

Cornel West

The Death of Socrates, Jacques-Louis David

The Death of Socrates (1787), Jacques-Louis David

Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir

Sartre / Deleuze / Foucault

Sartre / Deleuze / Foucault

The School of Athens (abt. 1511), Raphael

The School of Athens (abt. 1511), Raphael

Nietzsche / Heidegger / Derrida

Nietzsche / Heidegger / Derrida

The Two Philosophers, Joan Miro

The Two Philosophers (1936), Joan Miró

Edmund Husserl

Edmund Husserl

G. W. F. Hegel

G. W. F. Hegel

Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud

Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault

Rene Descartes

René Descartes

Gilles Deleuze

Gilles Deleuze

The Delights of the Poet, Giorgio de Chirico

The Delights of the Poet (1912), Giorgio de Chirico

Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt

Theodor Adorno

Theodor Adorno

Philosophy asks questions about the nature of reality, the limits and possibilities of knowledge, how to lead a good life (both individually and socially), and the meaning and value of human freedom. These are complex questions that call for reflection and examination. The philosopher goes beyond the question of how the world is and asks questions about whether, why, and how the way the world is matters. By studying knowledge, existence, and value, philosophy students also learn how to think, how to provide reasons for a point of view, and how to grapple with objections and diverse perspectives.

Because philosophers asks whether reality and our understanding of it can be or ought to be different from how it currently is, philosophers throughout history have had great influence on how we think about and act within the world. Students of philosophy will have the opportunity to reflect on enduring questions concerning the human condition, to study the origin and historical transformation of questions and concepts, and to learn the methods deployed to investigate them.

The department of Philosophy at Miami University has ten 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 both the Analytic and Continental traditions, and in the fields of metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, aesthetics, philosophy of law, feminist theory, and the philosophy of science, with the history of philosophy emphasized as the common ground of all 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 available for most students.