Pennsylvania State University

The Department of Philosophy at the Pennsylvania State University is characterized by a focus on, and commitment to, the history of philosophy conceived as a basis for pursuing philosophy in an international context. The program includes special emphases on both contemporary Continental philosophy (including phenomenology, existentialism, hermeneutics, social theory, and postmodernism) and classical American philosophy (including transcendentalism, naturalism, semiotics, pragmatism, and contemporary cultural issues). The department is strongly committed to both undergraduate and graduate education. The curricula of both the undergraduate and graduate programs are structured so as to foster and promote genuine dialogue across international borders and philosophical traditions, both established and emerging. The program is organized to facilitate the ability to engage meaningfully a variety of philosophical approaches—including feminist theory, analytic philosophy, critical race theory and social/political philosophy—and a range of systematic fields—including aesthetics, ethics, political philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of science. Our faculty maintain strong professional relationships in Europe and Latin America. Members of the faculty work in close collaboration with students to ensure the depth and breadth of their philosophical education.