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Department of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy


We offer traditional areas of philosophy along with research and teaching in the more directly practical areas of bioethics, environmental philosophy and ethics, and social and political thought.

Faculty are producing important scholarship in traditional philosophical sub-disciplines. At the same time, we have established areas of concentration focusing on more immediate and practical concerns. In conjunction with scholars in MSU's medical schools and environmental and agricultural science programs, the department has achieved national distinction in ethical and theoretical debates about issues pertaining to health care, food and the environment. These efforts overlap with research and teaching on race and gender issues, democratic theory, ethics and development, and critical social theory. With our commitment to this combination of problems, we are a distinctive program with a purposeful and diverse graduate student body.

The graduate program supports interdisciplinary work in such programs as Environmental Science and Policy; Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change; African American and African Studies; Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior; Cognitive Science; and Women, Gender, and Social Justice. The global dimension of the department is illustrated by its Ethics and Development graduate specialization. The faculty has been ranked among the most productive in the nation and our graduate students hail from around the world.







Shelbi Nahwilet Meissner recieves 2019 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders award

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others; and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning. Congratulations Shelbi!

The philosophy department is proud to announce its 20th annual graduate philosophy conference

Organized by our graduate students Jessica Richardson and Charles Hayes, the theme for the conference will be "Philosophy of Home".

MSU to host the Public Philosophy Network's fifth conference, Philosophy from All Walks of Life

Conference events include an evening dedicated to the work of philosopher and activist Grace Lee Boggs, including a screening of the documentary American Revolutionary and a conversation with the filmmaker, Grace Lee.

Professor John Grey wins the Sanders Prize in the History of Early Modern Philosophy for 2018

Congratulations to Professor John Grey for winning the prize with his paper, "The Metaphysics of Natural Right in Spinoza"! An abstract and PDF of his article can be found on the Marc Sanders Foundation website, along with the announcement of his award.

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