The Department of Philosophy
Image: Robert Schiller, Untitled [out of focus light] (detail), 20th century, silver gelatin print, Collection of DePaul Art Museum (Philosophy Faculty Curated Collection, Selected by: Kirkland, Theme: Phenomenality)
Philosophy is the enterprise of examining and interrogating the foundational concepts that structure human existence—concepts such as happiness, the good life, human community, freedom, and the self. It entails the cultivation of critical thinking skills, careful questioning, and an appreciation of the rich history of human thought on these and other key issues, as reflected in the texts of great philosophers from Plato and Aristotle to Hegel, Nietzsche, and beyond.
DePaul University’s philosophy department features an internationally recognized faculty that makes it one of the premier philosophy programs in the U.S. working in the European tradition. The department features Baccalaureate, Master’s, and Ph.D. programs, an active research agenda, and prominent visiting scholars and conferences that serve to enrich and promote the engaged intellectual life of students at all levels.
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