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Philosophy addresses some of the most fundamental and difficult questions there are, such as: What is the nature of the human mind? What makes knowledge trustworthy? What are the standards of good reasoning? What is a just society? What is the best way to live? Philosophy as an academic discipline attempts to answer these questions with a combination of creativity and analytical rigor.

We are excited to announce that our Department has a new PhD program in Applied Philosophy. Applied Philosophy is not a particular branch or area in philosophy, but rather a way of doing philosophy - one that involves engaging with and reflecting on real, practical situations and problems. We will be accepting applications beginning in the fall and until early 2017 for admission for the 2017-2018 academic year. For more information, see our flyer, or contact Angela Christelis.

Philosophers in our Department value engagement with scholars in other fields such as the natural and social sciences, history, mathematics, and engineering. We find these interactions generate novel perspectives on philosophical problems and enrich our contributions to philosophical debate.

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