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4th Annual Social Metaphysics Workshop
Felipe De Brigard on left and illustration of crowd in city streets on right
Departmental News for January 2023
The Departmental Newsletter

About Us

Duke's Department of Philosophy is a vibrant intellectual community of nearly 20 faculty, about 30 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, several staff members and the hundreds of undergraduates who take our courses each semester. Our faculty currently hold more than $3.1 million in extramural grants from federal and private sources, including the John Templeton Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Office of Naval Research.

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Statement of Support for Diversity and Inclusion

We at the Department of Philosophy at Duke University are committed to providing a welcoming and supportive learning environment for all members of our academic and professional community, regardless of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, health or disability status, citizenship status, political affiliation, age, or socio-economic background.

Our department strongly condemns any actions that constitute discrimination, retaliation, or harassment, regardless of the particular circumstances. Actions of those types are not only inappropriate and unprofessional, but undermine our larger, shared goals.  

Undergraduate Program

Our undergraduate program familiarizes you with the content and the structure of philosophical theory in various areas and with the history of philosophy. You are encouraged to actively engage in the philosophical examination of problems. Various fields of the arts and sciences raise philosophical questions which are often not given thorough attention in those particular disciplines. Through the informed consideration of such questions, you will acquire a broader and deeper understanding of the major areas of intellectual endeavor.

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Graduate Program

The vibrancy of our department’s philosophical culture, its strength in a broad range of areas of philosophy, and the outstanding reputation of our faculty combine to attract some of the nation’s most talented graduate students. Our philosophy doctoral program has an excellent placement record. Since 1996, over 70 percent of graduates have continued on to tenure-track academic positions.

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Degrees & Affiliated Degrees
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Books by Faculty
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Research Focus Areas