Areas of Strength
The Department’s faculty are all committed to broadly educating both undergraduates and graduate students. In addition, the Department has developed three areas of specialization: Legal and Political Philosophy, Neurophilosophy, and Kant and Post-Kantian German Philosophy. We feel that our offerings in these three areas are some of the best to be found anywhere in the world.
The Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics facilitates work in legal and political philosophy. This endowed Center is housed within the Department, but includes individuals from across the University. Among its many activities, the Center hosts conferences whose papers are published in leading journals in ethics, political philosophy, and legal theory.
The Department designates an outstanding incoming graduate student who wishes to work in this area as the Jean Beer Blumenfeld Scholar in Legal and Political Philosophy.
There is a distinctive Neurophilosophy track available in the Department’s M.A. program. Examples of M.A. theses topics of students on this track include cognitive biases of moral intuitions, psychological work on concepts, core affect theory of emotions, and the philosophical implications of recent experimental evidence in neuroeconomics.
The Department offers Neurophilosophy Graduate Fellowships to graduate students.
MA theses in this area include work on the function of the Antinomies, Nietzsche’s perspectivism, and Heidegger’s interpretation of the Transcendental Deduction.
The Department designates an outstanding incoming graduate student who wishes to work in this area as a Graduate Scholar in Kant and post-Kantian German Philosophy.
Under the direction of Eric Wilson and Christie Hartley, the Department has also had graduate students write theses on the moral psychology and ethics of Kant’s predecessors, Hume and Adam Smith.