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Welcome to the Department of Philosophy

Welcome to the Department of Philosophy at Penn State!

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our diverse community of excellent scholars, teachers, and students.

The Department of Philosophy at Penn State is committed to supporting Black students, faculty and staff in our department and across the university. We are serious about advancing the diversity of our discipline and of academia more broadly and we are proud of our accomplishments on this front. At the same time, we acknowledge that making our department and academic community a truly welcoming, inclusive, and supportive space for people of color requires ongoing work. We are committed to doing that work. We stand in solidarity with those who are fighting against white supremacy, police violence, and anti-Black racism in all forms.

Black Lives Matter.  



Statement of Condemnation and Solidarity 

As the Interim Head of the Penn State University’s Philosophy Department, I am urging you to join me in condemning in the strongest possible terms the acts of violence committed against Asians and Asian-Americans in the United States over 2020 and now in 2021 exacerbated by the Covid 19 pandemic. We must condemn the heinous acts of violence that occurred in Georgia a couple of days ago. We must stand in solidarity with all Asians and Asian-Americans. We must also not overlook the fact that the Georgia violence adds to the long list -- too long! -- of violence against women. We must do everything we can to prevent such acts of violence based in hatred, prejudice, and ignorance. 

Leonard Lawlor


How to Make a Gift

A gift directed to the Philosophy Department will help us strengthen our academic programs and enhance our ability to provide students with financial assistance to meet and exceed their academic goals. Thank you for considering a gift to the Department.

The College of the Liberal Arts Alumni Relations and Development office can talk with you about various ways that you can make an impact. Annual gifts, which are a commitment to donate each year, typically go to undergraduate student support, enrichment opportunities like internships and study abroad, bolstering student-group activities, and enhancing the teaching experience more generally.  

Online Giving

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Please note: To ensure the funds are directed to the Department of Philosophy you will have to write “Department of Philosophy” in the comments field when you make your gift through Penn State’s centralized secure server.


For further questions about giving to Penn State’s Department of Philosophy, please contact:

The College of the Liberal Arts
Alumni Relations and Development
The Pennsylvania State University
138 Sparks Building
University Park, PA 16802-5200
Phone: 814-863-1827
Fax: 814-865-56055


We truly appreciate your support for the Department of Philosophy. Thank you.