Department of Philosophy

A major in philosophy develops abilities useful for graduate or professional work in many fields -- law, for example -- and for any situation requiring clear, systematic thinking. A graduate degree in philosophy is necessary for college teaching in philosophy.

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  • In Memoriam: Professor Laird Addis

    Aug 2, 2018

    We are extremely sad to report that Professor Laird Addis passed away on July 30, 2018, after a short illness.  He was a devoted colleague and friend.  He taught at University of Iowa from 1964 to 2004, when he retired as...

  • Undergraduate News: Evan Kramer

    May 22, 2018

    Evan Kramer has received this year's Bergmann Prize, given to an outstanding senior undergraduate philosophy student.  Evan also successfully defended his honors thesis, entitled 'Learning as Anamnesis in Augustine's De...

  • Undergraduate News: Sydney Schreiber

    May 20, 2018

    Sydney Schreiber has been awarded an ICRU Research Fellowship.  She is working under the supervision of Professor Figdor on a project entitled "Friend or Food: How Different Cultures Perceive Animal Mindedness."