Welcome to the Philosophy Department! Philosophy is the active pursuit of knowledge or wisdom. It emphasizes logic and rigorous, critical thinking—valuable skills that are useful in many contexts. Philosophy is considered excellent preparation for graduate and professional careers in fields such as law, health sciences and public service.
The department offers an undergraduate major and a minor in Philosophy; a major and a minor in Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law (PPEL); and a specialized masters’ degree and a PhD in applied philosophy.
BGSU has an international reputation for its focus on applied philosophy, which includes ethics, meta-ethics, ethical analysis of public policy, and political philosophy. The department has an active group of scholars, and hosts regular colloquia and annual workshops on applied ethics and public policy.
Employment Opportunities within the Department
Adjunct teaching positions (part-time) 2018-19
What Can I Do With a Philosophy Degree?
Philosophy can prepare you for all sorts of fascinating careers. Meet three of our recent BGSU philosophy graduates -Robert Mominee, Hannah Nicol, and Daniel Gordon- and see what amazing things they've gone on to do with their degree. Read More
NEWS AND STORIES
Justin Donhauser Joins Philosophy Department
We welcome Justin Donhauser to the faculty, starting Fall 2018. Justin came to BGSU from Western University's Rotman Institute of Philosophy (London, ON). He earned his PhD as a doctoral fellow in the National Science Foundation’s Ecosystem Restoration through Interdisciplinary Exchange (ERIE-IGERT) program, and has taught an array of applied philosophy and sustainability courses as a Service-learning Faculty Fellow. His research focuses on crossdisciplinary projects that have practical value for public-policy and resource management decision-making, and often engages with issues falling at the intersection of Environmental Ethics and Applied Philosophy of Science. Justin teaches Logic, Environmental Philosophy, and Philosophy of Science courses, as well as applied philosophy courses including Data Science Ethics and Robot Ethics. Read More
Bowling Green Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy examines the Ethics of Public Discourse
In 2019, we will be hosting the ninth in the annual series of the Bowling Green Workshops in Applied Ethics and Public Policy.
This year's theme is "The Ethics of Public Discourse."
The workshop will be held on April 5 and 6 at Bowling Green State University.
The two invited speakers will be: Julia Driver (Washington University) and Jason Stanley (Yale University)
For a full list of speakers and further details about the workshop, check back here.
Andrew Erickson Receives Graduate Teaching Award
Each spring, the BGSU Graduate College selects one exceptional teaching assistant and one student instructor to receive Graduate Student Teaching Awards. Philosophy department student Andrew Erickson received the student instructor award for his performance in teaching “Contemporary Moral Issues.” Award nominees must provide class evaluations, teaching philosophies, academic statements and sample course material. Their applications are assessed by other instructors who have received recognition for outstanding teaching. The winners receive a commemorative plaque and a cash award. We are proud that one of our own was chosen for this campus-wide award for excellence in undergraduate instruction.