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The Department of Philosophy
The Department of Philosophy
A Note from the Chair regarding Fall Quarter 2020

Dear Philosophy Students,

Welcome to a new academic year! As we continue to provide instruction online this fall quarter out of an abundance of caution due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to assure everyone of the continued dedication of our faculty to providing a rich and rewarding educational experience. Our transition to online learning last spring was challenging and a learning experience for all, and I sincerely commend everyone, students and faculty, for their resilience and flexibility in stepping up to meet that challenge. Since then many of our faculty have undergone additional training in offering online courses, and we hope that our added experience will enhance our ability to present excellent learning opportunities this coming year. In addition to regularly scheduled classes, we will have some visiting speaker events, and our Philosophy Circle will continue to meet remotely throughout the quarter. The first meeting of the Philosophy Circle, our annual Orientation meeting, will take place remotely on Wednesday, September 23rd, 6:00-7:30pm. As we continue our adventure of remote learning together, we wish you a successful fall quarter, and we once again thank you for the positive attitude that I am sure you will bring into every virtual encounter with your faculty, staff, and fellow students.

Amidst the COVID-19 impact on the University, the Department of Philosophy remains open remotely. If you have questions relating to the graduate program, please contact our director of graduate studies, Professor Kevin Thompson (​).  If you have questions relating to the undergraduate program, please contact our director of undergraduate studies, Professor Avery Goldman (​). For general questions relating to department operations during fall quarter, please contact our administrative assistant, Nicole Hack (

William McNeill
Professor & Chair, Philosophy

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About Philosophy

​​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 PhD 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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Why Study Philosophy?

A degree in Philosophy expands your perspective and prepares you with the skills necessary for any career path you choose.

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