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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.  

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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