Philosophy has to do with how we value ourselves as human beings

and how we look at ourselves and how we relate to reality – Grace Lee Boggs

The study of philosophy begins with questions that are as personal as they are universal: What can I know? How should I live? Who am I? What am I? How am I connected to the world around me?

As a student, you are invited into a community of inquirers to reflect on fundamental questions of human existence through engaging with Philosophy’s diverse traditions and major thinkers. Philosophy students learn to think critically about the world, to call into question biases and unwarranted assumptions, and to pursue an “examined life.”


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Past Philosophy Lectures: Martha Nussbaum

On November 30, 2017, Martha C. Nussbaum presented to an audience gathered at Seattle University under the auspices of Town Hall Seattle, on "The Philosophy of Thoughtful Aging."  Nussbaum's lecture was drawn from her recent book, Aging Thoughtfully: Conversations About Retirement, Romance, Wrinkles, & Regret, coauthored with Saul Levmore.

Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, is one of the best known living American philosophers.  Her thought will be the subject of a course offered at Seattle University in Winter Quarter 2019, taught by Dr. Paulette Kidder (PHIL 485 Major Figures - Martha Nussbaum).  The course will span topics from the beginning of Nussbaum's career, up to her recent work on current political crises.

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