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Indiana University Bloomington

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.


  • NEH Funds Ground-Breaking History of Philosophy Project at IU: The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded IU Philosophy Professor Rega Wood's Richard Rufus Project (RRP) $330,000 in funding to support research that is changing the way scholars understand the history of philosophy. Many of Richard Rufus’ philosophical works, lost for 600 years, were rediscovered by Professor Rega Wood in the 1980s.
  • Philosophy Majors Top All Humanities in Earnings Power: There is one humanities major whose graduates are doing quite well in the job market—and it’s 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...
  • 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.


  • March 23, 4-6pm, Chemistry 001
    Kate Manne (Cornell University)
    "More than Fair: How Excessive Sympathy for Him (“Himpathy”) Obscures and Causes Misogyny" (abstract)
  • April 20, 3-5pm University Club, IMU
    Nelson Fellows Symposium: Daniel Lindquist "Hegel's Philosophy of Nature" & Levi Tenen "Why It Can Be Fitting to Value Heirlooms and Other Objects for Their Own Sake" (followed by a reception).