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Where Despots Rule - An Interview with Elizabeth Anderson

"The American workplace is marked more by hierarchy and domination than democracy and freedom."

Zoë Johnson-King, a principal founder of the University of Michigan Department of Philosophy Outreach Program

Zoë Johnson-King, a principal founder of the University of Michigan Department of Philosophy Outreach Program, A2Ethics' partner in the Michigan Ethics Bowl, talks to us about her research into the impact of philosophy education.

Welcome to the Department of Philosophy

Michigan has ranked among the top five philosophy doctoral programs nationally and top six departments internationally in assessments spanning five decades, with strengths in all the main areas of philosophy — ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language & mind, philosophy of science, and aesthetics — and in the history of Western philosophy, from antiquity to the present. We encourage interdisciplinary work, to take advantage of the University’s great strength across fields, and offer courses of special interest to students in Art and Design, Classical Studies, Economics, History, Law, Linguistics, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Psychiatry, and Women’s Studies. The Department traces its origins to 1843, when a professorship of moral intellectual sciences was first occupied, and has included many illustrious faculty, such as John Dewey and Charles Stevenson, since then.

Be a Victor

We strive to support our students and faculty on the front lines of learning and research; to steward our planet, our community, our campus. To do this, Department of Philosophy needs you—because the world needs Victors.