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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.







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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The U.S. National Institutes of Health BRAIN Initiative awards four year grant to Dr. Cabrera and Colleagues

Congratulations to Laura Y. Cabrera, Aaron M. McCright, Robyn Bluhm and Eric Achtyes


MSU's Toolbox Dialogue Initiative Wins the 2018 Prize for Excellence and Innovation

The American Philosophical Association and Philosophy Documentation Center have awarded MSU's Toolbox Dialogue Initiative with the 2018 Prize for Excellence and Innovation. Congratulations to everyone involved!

Heather Douglas joins the Department of Philosophy Faculty

Professor Heather Douglas has joined the College of Arts and Letters as an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy.