Welcome to the Department of Philosophy

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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Maria Carl, PhD


Casey 430-16 206-296-5383


Kate Reynolds

Administrative Assistant

Casey 430/ 206-296-5470



Was Killing Suleimani Justified? by Peter Singer 

At a press conference following the US drone strike that killed Iran's top military commander and several others, a senior State Department official blurted out: "Jesus, do we have to explain why we do these things?"  In fact, the international rule of law depends on it.

Picture of women grieving Suliemani



The Deeply Philosophical Concerns of the Joker

Bad clowns are aplenty in popular culture. And they raise some important questions about society.

Picture of the Joker from Batman


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