As University of Minnesota, Morris philosophy major, you will investigate fundamental areas of human inquiry, such as:
- Metaphysics: What is the ultimate nature of reality?
- Epistemology: What can we know?
- Ethics: What actions are moral and immoral?
You’ll also study the works of major figures in the history of philosophy and develop the ability to think, speak, and write critically and effectively. While, the subject matter alone should be exciting enough to make you want to major in philosophy, there are plenty more reasons to major in philosophy at Morris.
Why Philosophy at Morris
- The Morris Philosophy Discipline is the original home to one of the 20th Century's most important journals in analytic philosophy: Midwest Studies in Philosophy.
- Every year the Morris Philosophy Discipline hosts a lecture series in which distinguished speakers visit our campus, the Midwest Philosophy Colloquium.
- The Morris Philosophy Club, regularly presents papers for the Minnesota Philosophical Society and often attend national philosophy conferences with Morris faculty members.
What Can I Do with Philosophy Major from Morris
Philosophical skills provide invaluable training for almost any field. Philosophy provides excellent preparation for law school, and many companies prize the skills that are sharpened and honed by majoring in philosophy. As a group, philosophy majors do better on graduate admission tests like the LSAT, GRE, and GMAT than almost any other major. Morris students have gone on to a wide variety of careers, including a legislative assistant to Senator Tom Daschle, an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a researcher in Artificial Intelligence at Northwestern University. View profiles of recent Morris philosophy graduates.
“I THINK, THEREFORE I EARN”, Guardian. Co.uk, Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Popular Graduate School Destinations
Morris graduates have attended law school at Cornell, Stanford, and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, among other fine institutions. They have also entered graduate schools in philosophy at leading programs like Stanford University, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of Nebraska, the University of Iowa, and the University of Illinois at Urbana, Champagne.
History of Philosophy at UMM
The UMM Philosophy discipline was founded in 1963 by Ted Uehling. Howard Wettstein and Peter French joined the department a few years later, and in 1974, the three of them established one of the most highly regarded journals for analytic philosophy: Midwest Studies in Philosophy. In 1978, the Australian philosopher J.L. Mackie served as a visiting professor. Ishtiyaque Haji was a member of our department from 1992 until 2003. We continue to host the annual Midwest Philosophy Colloquium, which is now in its 35th year. Previous colloquium speakers have included Donald Davidson, Saul Kripke, Fred Dretske, Gilbert Harman, David Gauthier, Keith Donnellan, Alvin Goldman, David Kaplan, Paul Benacerraf, Keith Lehrer, Jonathan Bennett, John Searle, Robert Solomon, Phillipa Foot, Nancy Cartwright, Gary Watson, Stephen Stich, and many others.