The Department of Philosophy is an internationally recognized community of scholars and students, known widely for its specialization in, and contributions to, moral philosophy, broadly construed. That includes metaethics, normative ethics, applied ethics, political philosophy and aesthetics. Undergraduate students may earn a B.A. in philosophy, and graduate students may earn a Masters or Ph.D. in the Department's Applied Philosophy program.  The Department is committed to providing the highest quality of education for students as well as to increasing the body of philosophical knowledge.

News & Information

Applications Open for Graduate Program Fall 2017 

See our recruiting poster here 

Call for Abstracts

We are now receiving abstracts to be considered for our next Bowling Green Workshop on Applied Ethics and Public Policy which is on April 7-8 2017.  The topic is "The Future of Work, Technology, and a Basic Income".  Follow the link to see the Call for Abstracts. 

Graduate Student Teaching Awards

Congratulations to our two recipients of the 2016 Graduate Teaching Awards: Tatiana Gracyk, who received the Independent Teaching Excellence Award, and Ami Palmer, who received the Teaching Assistance Excellence Award  

New Faculty Member Fall 2016

We are delighted to welcome our new tenure-track faculty member, Dr. Brandon Warmke, who joins us after a year in research position at the University of Notre Dame

Bloomberg Business Week Philosophy is Back in Business

The financial and climate crises, global consumption habits, and other 21st-century challenges call for a "killer app." I think I've found it: philosophy. Philosophy can help us address the (literally) existential challenges the world currently confronts, but only if we take it off the back burner and apply it as a burning platform in business.

Wall Street Journal - Best Jobs 2010 - Philosophy #11

The 200 best and worst jobs in the U.S. in 2009 based on five criteria -- environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands and stress -- according to a newly released study from job site CareerCast.com. Read about the methodology. Also: Best and worst jobs for 2011.

Events and speakers

  • November 4-5 
    Annual Graduate Student Workshop in Applied Philosophy
    Bowen Thompson Student Union
    Dana Kay Nelkin, Professor of Philosophy, University of California, San Diego
    Howard Nye, Professor of Philosophy University of Alberta
  • November 8
    Jennifer Kling
    , Assistant Professor, Philosophy, Siena Heights University
    4:30 pm, 301 Shatzel
  • December  9
    Neil Sinababu, Associate Professor of Philosophy, National University of Singapore
    4:30 pm, 301 Shatzel
  • March 17, 2017
    Craig Warmke

    Northern Illinois University,
    "Are Tautologies Morally Ideal?"
    4:30 pm 301 Shatzel
  • April 7-8, 2017
    Bowling Green Workshop on Applied Ethics and Public Policy
    See Call for Abstracts
    “The Future of Work, Technology, and a Basic Income.”


Studying Philosophy at BGSU

Department Officers

Department Chair

Michael Weber
307 Shatzel Hall,
Tel: 419-372-7209
Fax: 419-372-8191

Director of Graduate Admissions

Sara Worley
315 Shatzel Hall,
Tel: 419-372-2899
Fax: 419-372-8191

Director of Graduate Studies

Sara Worley
315 Shatzel Hall,
Tel: 419-372-2899
Fax: 419-372-8191

Undergraduate Advisor

Ian Young
309 Shatzel Hall,
Tel: 419-372-9365
Fax: 419-372-8191