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Welcome to theDepartment of Philosophy at Penn State

The Penn State Philosophy Department celebrates its centenary in 2023-2024. The Department was founded on September 11, 1923. There will be a celebration of the founding on September 21, 2023, at The Graduate Hotel from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. All members and friends, and alumni of the undergraduate and graduate programs of the Philosophy Department are invited to attend.
Throughout the academic year 2023-2024, the Philosophy Department’s Public Events Series will feature graduates of the Department’s Ph.D. program. The speakers will be Sara Brill; Omar Rivera; Stephanie Jenkins; Drew Hyland; William Paris; Hasana Sharp; Todd May; and Cindy Willet.

Please reference the digital flyer below for the Philosophy Public Events Series dates.


The first hundred years of the Penn State Philosophy Department (founded in 1923) have laid a remarkable foundation for its second hundred years. For decades, students interested in philosophy have looked to the Penn State Philosophy Department for its excellence in the history of philosophy and European philosophy. Students today still look to us for these same strengths but pressing social issues have been driving students to depend on us for our philosophical engagements with race, gender, and the environment. Through our traditional and new strengths, the Penn State Philosophy Department is responsive to and responsible for a changing society. In this way, the Penn State Philosophy Department aims to be a leader in the national and international philosophical community and in academia at large. 

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