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Indiana University Bloomington

The study of philosophy has been part of the curriculum of Indiana University since its founding in 1820. Our graduate program has been nationally recognized for research excellence for the past forty years. Currently, the department's research profile is well balanced across all major areas of philosophical inquiry, with a few areas of notable strength.   Given the added resources of the University's Pure and Applied Logic Program, large and acclaimed Cognitive Sciences Program, the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science, and a few philosophers based in other departments, prospective students of philosophy have an exceptionally diverse array of study options and a lively and friendly intellectual community in which to develop.


  • Congratulations to Emmalon Davis who has been selected by the Graduate School from an extremely talented and accomplished group of nominees, and as the recipient of the 2014 Irving and Shirley Brand Graduate Fellowship!
  • Spring 2014 Awards — Congratulations to our undergraduate and graduate award winners.
  • The Philosophy Department is very pleased to announce that Dr. Sandra Shapshay has been promoted to Associate Professor, with tenure, effective July 1, 2014.
  • Congratulations to Philosophy Major Rahaf Safi on receiving a 2014 Herman B Wells Senior Recognition Award! read more »
  • Congratulations to Emmalon Davis for 1st Place in the Indiana University 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day graduate essay contest. The prize-winning essay is available for reading online.
  • Rahaf Safi, an IU Bloomington senior from Plainfield, IN, has been appointed Indiana University's fifth presidential intern. read more »
  • The department is pleased to announce that Dr. Weibke Deimling will be the Halls Postdoctoral Fellow for the 2013-2014 academic year.
  • Philosophy graduate student Marija Jankovic has been awarded a College of Arts and Sciences dissertation fellowship for the 2013-14 Academic year.


  • Nelson Fellowship Lectures

    David Fisher
    "Metaphysical Accommodation"

    Krista Rodkey
    "Hume's Justice"

    Friday, April 24, 2015
    4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
    Maple Room, IMU