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Welcome to the Department of Philosophy

Philosophy – the pursuit of wisdom – deals systematically with values and concepts central to our lives as individuals and social beings. Philosophy explores the rational bases of other areas of inquiry such as science, social science, politics, and religion. Philosophy facilitates the development of valuable, advanced skills in constructing and analyzing arguments, reading and writing critically and with precision, and approaching problems imaginatively and reflectively.

Event Announcements
Doing Science in a Pluralistic Society

Due to the public health measures that the University is taking to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), this event will be held virtually via Zoom on Friday, April 17 and Friday, April 24. We expect to provide an updated program and guidance for participating virtually by the end of March.

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Philosophy of Water Summer Immersion

Due to the public health measures the University is taking to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), this event has been canceled, as we strive to protect the health of our community.

Learn more about the event; watch for information about the 2021 event
In the News
Faculty 04.27.20
UD philosophy professor awarded Fulbright for dance research in London

University of Dayton associate professor of philosophy Aili Bresnahan received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award for the 2020-21 academic year to research connections between dance and ethics at the Centre for Dance Research at Roehampton University in London.

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Humanities and Social Sciences 12.03.19
Humanities majors find community at Heritage

The humanities are percolating marked interest at Heritage Coffee House as the weekly, go-to, caffeinated hot spot on campus.

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