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

Dear Philosophy Students,

Welcome back to spring quarter! As you all know, this quarter will feel very different in terms of your learning environment. You will all be using remote means to interface with our community of teachers and learners, but please be assured that your faculty and staff are at the other side of that interface, not only ready, but also eager to provide the expertise, skillset, and wisdom that make your philosophical education at DePaul a rich and rewarding experience. There will no doubt be unusual challenges along the way, both for faculty and staff, and for you as students, so we appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we begin what promises to be not merely a challenging quarter, but also something of an adventure together. We wish you a very successful spring quarter, and we 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 spring quarter, please contact our administrative assistant, Nicole Hack (

William McNeill
Professor & Chair, Philosophy​

Spring Quarter Resources:

​​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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