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Department of Philosophy

Philosophy at UVM

Housed in a historic house (built c. 1866) on the western edge of campus, the philosophy department is home to roughly one hundred majors and one hundred minors. The eleven faculty members offer a diverse array of courses spanning such areas as Ethics, Chinese Philosophy, Logic, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics, Continental Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, and Ancient and Modern Philosophy. The department prides itself on excellence in teaching and research.

Why Study Philosophy at UVM?

Studying philosophy at UVM gives you the best of both worlds:

At small liberal arts colleges, priority is usually given to teaching over research. Professors are expected to be very good teachers and to spend more time with students (smaller classes, more one-on-one independent studies and honors theses, more informal opportunities for interaction, etc.). However, they are usually less involved in cutting edge research, and thus they don’t have as good an understanding of the material as those who do and may well be teaching what they learned in graduate school, often many years ago.

Philosophical inquiry does not stand still, however. In some ways, this may be the most productive period in its history. Thus, at major universities, in contrast with most smaller colleges, priority is usually given to research over teaching. Professors must be actively engaged in a research project that will be known by experts around the world. Classes, however, are larger and are often taught by graduate students or lecturers, and interaction with professors is minimized.

UVM's Philosophy Department combines the best of both. All faculty are actively engaged in cutting edge philosophical research, but teaching is a very high priority as well. Since we have no graduate students, all of our teaching is done by the faculty, and each professor also serves as advisor to a number of students. Thus philosophy students at UVM can take smaller classes, taught by professors who are world renowned for their philosophical research, but who take pride in their commitment to excellent undergraduate teaching


What students say..... of the best professors I've ever had; enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and seems to truly care about students' success.

Department News

The Philosophy Department has a newsletter!

2013 Newsletter

UVM ProfessorAwarded Major Philosophy Prize
louis de rosset

Associate Professor Louis deRosset has won the Oxford Studies in Metaphysics Younger Scholars Prize for 2013, sponsored by the Marc Sanders Foundation. Professor deRosset will receive an $8,000 award for his winning essay, "Analyticity and Ontology" (PDF), which will be published in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics.

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