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Indiana University Bloomington

To 10 Reason to Study PhilosophyThe 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.


  • Mark Cuban says studying philosophy may soon be worth more than computuer science -- here's why. "Knowing how to critically think and assess them from a global perspective, I think, is going to be more valuable than what we see as exciting careers today which might be programming or CPA or those types of things," says Cuban, speaking at SXSW in Austin in 2017. Read more...
  • NEH Funds Ground-Breaking History of Philosophy Project at IU: The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded IU Philosophy Professor Rega Wood's Richard Rufus Project (RRP) $330,000 in funding to support research that is changing the way scholars understand the history of philosophy. Many of Richard Rufus’ philosophical works, lost for 600 years, were rediscovered by Professor Rega Wood in the 1980s.
  • Raymond SmullyanRaymond Smullyan, Oscar R. Ewing Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, died on February 6th, 2017, at the age of 97. A brief obituary is availble here, with links to published obituaries in the New York Times, The Telegraph, and the Boston Globe.


  • Check here for fall 2018 colloquia, conferences, and other events. Preliminary posting soon.