Department of Philosophy
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University Diversity and Social Transformation Professorships recognize and reward faculty for outstanding contributions to excellence through their commitments to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion
Known for his writing on Nietzsche, Hegel, and existentialism and for founding the New Work movement, Bergmann sought to develop alternative models of work that prioritize human freedom and self-realization.
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.
We strive to support our students and faculty on the front lines of learning and research and to steward our planet, our community, our campus. To do this, Department of Philosophy needs your support.