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.
The Earning Power of Philosophy Majors
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Max Khan Hayward Joins Philosophy Department
Max Khan Hayward has joined the Philosophy Department as an assistant professor. Dr. Hayward comes to BGSU after completing his Ph.D. at Columbia University. “The core of my work is in ethics, metaethics and moral psychology,” he says, “but my project crosses the boundaries of many subfields in philosophy where values and normativity are central, including rationality, epistemology, philosophy of mind and political philosophy. I am also interested in the history of philosophy, especially the British empiricists and the American pragmatists. Beyond my research, I'm passionate about bringing philosophy to a wider audience and promoting diversity within the academy.” Read More
Graduate Students Host Workshop in Applied Philosophy
“Broadening the Scope of Moral Consideration” is the theme for this year’s Annual Graduate Student Workshop in Applied Philosophy to be held November 3 and 4. BGSU has an international reputation for its focus on applied philosophy, and 2017 marks the fifth anniversary of this student-organized event. Paper submissions will be accepted through September 15. Topics may include the ethics of climate change, sustainability, humanitarian aid, global poverty, social justice movements, animal liberation, food and consumption, war, terrorism, population growth, immigration and collective action. Read More
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.