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The Department of 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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  • Philosophy Circle: Orientation DayJoin us on Wednesday, September 25 for our first Philosophy Circle of the academic year. We'll have pizza with other Philosophy majors and minors. Take the opportunity to...
  • Criminology Open HouseThe Criminology Program at DePaul invites you to its annual Open House! Meet fellow Criminology students, connect with faculty, network with alumni, and learn about the...
    Location: Chaddick Hall
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    Woodstock at 50The DHC convenes “An Aquarian Exposition: Two Hours of Peace and Music...and the Humanities” to celebrate the spirit and the ethos of the iconic 1969 concert at Max Yasgur’s...