Since the founding of our department in 1820, Philosophy has been part of the Indiana University curriculum. Philosophy was recognized as a regular senior course of study in 1829, with a focus on natural religion, moral philosophy, and logic. In 1874, a Department of Mental, Moral, and Political Philosophy was created. Shortly thereafter, Philosophy was available as an area of major concentration. In the late nineteenth century, the department began to offer graduate instruction leading to the M.A. By the turn of the century, there was an autonomous Department of Philosophy in the College of Liberal Arts.
The curriculum of the Department of Philosophy narrowed as other departments emerged. A separate Department of Psychology was formed in 1930, and in 1960 the university established an independent Department of History and Philosophy of Science.
Our current faculty conducts research on a broad range of subjects. They study the history of philosophy; problems in social and political philosophy, ethics and aesthetics; logic and the application of logical and mathematical techniques and results to philosophical issues; and assorted issues in metaphysics and epistemology.
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