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Department of Philosophy

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two greeks philosophizingWhy Study Philosophy?

We are a small but vibrant department with engaged and inquisitive majors and minors. If you ask one of them why he or she has chosen to pursue a degree in philosophy, you’ll likely hear, “Because I love it!” Our faculty share this passion for inquiry into the most fundamental questions concerning the nature of reality and the place of human beings within it. Our relatively small size fosters a strong sense of community, and students enjoy extensive interaction with faculty members.

This site contains a good deal of information about our program, our faculty, and opportunities for students. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, give us a call or drop us an email. Be sure to find us on Facebook and on Twitter @PhilDept.

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Philosophers in Action!

Philosophy Department, Dr. Reina Hayaki, Eric Torres Photos

Dr. Reina Hayaki of U. Nebraska-Lincoln, gives talk on Nov. 13th, “Is Sherlock Holmes Real?”

Boise State students (Philosophy, English linguistics, etc.), faculty and community members attend Dr. Reina Hayaki’s presentation, “Is Sherlock Holmes Real?” on November 13th in the Multi Purpose building.

Dr. Hayaki’s areas in philosophy are metaphysics, philosophy of language and philosophical logic. To learn more visit Dr. Reina Hayaki, University of Nebraska-Lincoln at UNL.



Philosophers on the move! Picture of Nietzsche as Superman

Christopher Bower, former philosophy student (and former vice-president of the Philosophy Student Club) was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship  starting Fall 2015 in Tajikistan. We are so proud of him!

Dave McKerracher, philosophy student, spent three weeks in Thailand in June 2015 teaching disadvantaged students English and life skills. What a fabulous experience.

Jim Stockton, lecturer, presented a paper, Alasdair MacIntyre’s Participation in the Oxford University Socratic Club, to the 9th annual International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry conference held at St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri  July 23-25, 2015.

Dr. Alex Jackson, philosophy assistant professor, delivered a peer reviewed paper at the Joint Sessions of the Aristotelian Society and Mind Association conference held at Warwick University, England July 10-13, 2015.