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To 10 Reason to Study PhilosophyThe study of philosophy has been part of the curriculum of Indiana University since its founding in 1820. Our graduate program has been nationally recognized for research excellence for the past forty years. Currently, the department's research profile is well balanced across all major areas of philosophical inquiry, with a few areas of notable strength.   Given the added resources of the University's Pure and Applied Logic Program, large and acclaimed Cognitive Sciences Program, the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science, and a few philosophers based in other departments, prospective students of philosophy have an exceptionally diverse array of study options and a lively and friendly intellectual community in which to develop.


  • Philosophy Majors Top All Humanities in Earnings Power: There is one humanities major whose graduates are doing quite well in the job marketóand itís philosophy majors. In a recent study of 1.4 million college graduates, a philosophy bachelors degree ranked higher than all other humanities majors in earnings power — from early to late career. Read more...
  • Spring 2017 Undergraduate Award WinnersUG Award Winners 2017: Vicki Consolvo, Academic Excellence; Vicki Consolvo, Michael Patterson, Justin Stamets (jointly), Biddle Service Award; Justin Stamets, Jean Derdula Mick Scholarshop; Michel Peng, Ewing Essay Prize; David Gold and Richard Soloman, Honorable Mention, Academic Excellence.
  • Spring 2017 Graduate Award WinnersGrad Award Winners 2017 : Shannon Abelson, 1st and 2nd Year Clark Essay Prize; Emmalon Davis, Clark Essay Prize; Uri Eran, Academic Excellence & Irving and Shirley Brand Fellowship; Suzanne Kawamleh, Outstanding AI Award, John H. Edwards Fellowship; Daniel Lindquist, Nelson Fellowship; Levi Tenen, Ewing Essay Prize, Nelson Fellowship.
  • Raymond SmullyanRaymond Smullyan, Oscar R. Ewing Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, died on February 6th, 2017, at the age of 97. A brief obituary is availble here, with links to published obituaries in the New York Times, The Telegraph, and the Boston Globe.


  • December 8, 2:30-4:30pm, 111 Woodburn
    "The Risk of Conservatism in Comparative Psychology" (abstract)
    Marta Halina (University of Cambridge)