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.”

Check out the Philosophy Fall Playlist!


Maria Carl, PhD


Casey 430-16 206-296-5383


Kate Reynolds

Administrative Assistant

Casey 430/ 206-296-5470


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Remembering Fr. James Reichmann, SJ

One of the longtime members of the Philosophy Department, Fr. James Reichmann, passed away in July.  Fr. Reichmann taught at the university from 1957 until his full retirement in 2013.  Dr. James Risser gave an eloquent eulogy.  Fr. Reichmann memorium



The Good Place and Moral Philosophy

How the Good Place taught moral philosophy to its characters - and its creators.

  Picture taken from the TV show, The Good Place.


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