Dana Howard teaching an undergraduate philosophy class

The Ohio State University Department of Philosophy teaches students to question, examine and analyze important issues and ideas. Majoring, double-majoring or minoring in philosophy provides a foundation for success in a wide variety of professions, including (but not limited to) law, business, medicine, politics, education and research.

Degree Programs

Undergraduate

BA, Philosophy

Graduate

PhD, Philosophy

Discover Our Community

  • The UNDERGRADUATE PHILOSOPHY CLUB meets throughout the year and sponsors talks by undergraduates, graduate students and faculty.
  • CONSILIENCE is a student organization that provides a forum for interdisciplinary dialogue amongst undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students.
  • MAP (Minorities and Philosophy) is a philosophy reading group for undergraduates, graduates, and faculty who are interested in learning about and discussing the problems faced by minorities in philosophy.
  • The PHILOSOPHY SUMMER CAMP is a one-week summer program for high school students and is taught by faculty and graduate students. Undergraduates can get involved as well.

Featured Courses

PHILOSOPHY 1100: INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
Explore the big philosophical questions such as the nature of reality and morality, how free will and moral responsibility are possible in a world governed by physical laws and the question of how God’s existence is compatible with the existence of so much evil in the world.

PHILOSOPHY 1300: INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS
Consider moral quandaries from contemporary life such as human cloning, performance enhancing drugs, abortion and capital punishment.

PHILOSOPHY 1500: INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC
Learn how to construct strong arguments and how to identify various kinds of fallacies in reasoning.

PHILOSOPHY 1850: INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION
Analyze the nature of religion and the foundations of religious belief.

PHILOSOPHY 2120: ASIAN PHILOSOPHIES
Examine at least three of the great philosophical traditions of Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Taoism and Confucianism.

PHILOSOPHY 3210: HISTORY OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY
Get acquainted with the most influential figures in the history of human thought, including Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. 


Why Support Philosophy?

Every spring, the department of philosophy hosts the annual Dan Farrell Undergraduate Philosophy Retreat at the Jeffers Tree Farm in southeast Ohio. This event is sponsored by Jim Jeffers, who volunteers his tree farm, and Mike Perkins, who provides financial support. Both Jim and Mike are alumni of Ohio State’s philosophy program. We appreciate their generosity.

Faculty

The department’s 17 faculty members are top scholars in diverse areas of specialization and cover all the primary areas of philosophical study: metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, history of philosophy, logic, aesthetics, moral psychology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language and philosophy of action.

Graduate Studies

The PhD program is strong in the analytical tradition with several areas of special strengths: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic; Ethics and Metaethics; Modern Philosophy; Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science; Metaphysics; Moral Psychology; Philosophy of Language; and Action Theory. 

The COMPAS Project

Ohio State’s Center for Ethics and Human Values, headed by Philosophy Professor Emeritus Don Hubin, conducts a series of year-long interdisciplinary “conversations” through its Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society (COMPAS) program. This program has emerged through the efforts of Professors Hubin and Piers Turner to bring some of the philosophy department’s expertise and interests into broader dialogue with the university community.

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