We offer a distinctive balance of work in the traditional areas of philosophy 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, the Department has achieved national distinction in ethical and theoretical debates about healthcare issues. These efforts overlap with research and teaching on race and gender issues, democratic theory, agricultural and environmental ethics, 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 the Women, Gender, and Social Justice. The global dimension of the Department is illustrated by its Ethics and Development graduate specialization and the undergraduate specialization in Peace and Justice Studies. The faculty has been ranked among the most productive in the nation and our graduate students hail from around the world.
NEH Conference - July 21 through August 16. "Development Ethics: Question, Challenges and Responibilities"
Sunday 29 September, Nathan Sawatzky, University of Notre Dame, Ancient Circle: "Anangke and chreia in Plato's Republic, 1:30-3:30, Okemos campus
Friday 4 & 5 October, Workshop in Social and Political Throught "Global Ethics and Capitalism: Rethinking Critical Theory. tba
Friday 18 October, Professor Kenneth Sayre, University of Notre Dame: "Plato's Anticipation of Aristotle's Doctrine of the Mean," 3:00, tba
Read about Lorenzo Buchanan's undergraduate research project.
Jenny Carmichael is the winner of the 2013 Lewis K. Zerby Prize for the best philosophy essay by an MSU undergraduate student for her essay, "Indiscernibles and Plato's Forms."
Josh Sietsema is the winner of the 2013 Martin Benjamin-Bruce L. Miller Award to the most promising sophomore philosophy student.
Professor Sean Valles' paper in the Journal of Preventive Medicine says medical recommendations should go beyond race. Click here to read about it in MSU News.
Professor Kyle Whyte participated in the Corporate Social Responsibility conference--Creating Impact. Cilck here to read about it.
"Philosophers Put Their Minds to Expanding Their Role in Public Affairs." Read Don Berrett's 2011 article in The Chronicle of Higher Education.