The techniques that philosophers use can be applied to almost any subject, so the possibilities for philosophical research are nearly endless. No matter your interests, studying philosophy will help you to develop the critical thinking skills that will get you started on uncovering what you want to know. Our accomplished professors conduct research and teach on a diverse range of subjects, including: military ethics, conscientious objection in health care, the problem of consciousness, distributive justice, free will, moral and legal responsibility, logic and paradoxes, and the rationality of belief in God, along with many other topics.
Here are descriptions of some of the fields in which faculty members conduct research:
Epistemology (from epistēmē, a Greek word for “knowledge”) studies the nature and scope of human knowledge. Topics include arguments for (and against) skepticism, theories of how to evaluate testimony, and theories of truth and justification.
an area of philosophy centered on the idea of the human being as an existing individual, whose task or burden is to become who she
is. Existentialism is generally
skeptical of appeals to any kind of fixed human nature or essence,
focusing instead on radical freedom
History of Philosophy
Scholars who study the history of western philosophy often focus on specific periods, figures, or schools of thought. Popular areas of research include ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, medieval philosophy, renaissance and enlightenment philosophy, and the 20th century analytic and continental philosophical traditions.
PhenomenologyPhenomenology is the study or science of intentional phenomena, states of consciousness or experience that have or exhibit intentionality. Phenomenology is thus concerned with how various categories of things (objects, events, and so on) are manifest in or to consciousness or experience.
Philosophy of Language
Philosophy of language is the study of the nature of linguistic meaning, and focuses on topics like truth, reference, modality, and the foundations of contemporary linguistics.