Welcome to the Department of Philosophy at the University of Missouri! Our faculty members are internationally recognized for their research across the main areas of philosophy, including ethics, political philosophy, epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, metaphysics, philosophy of science (especially philosophy of biology and philosophy of cognitive science), and the history of philosophy. For a taste of the faculty’s research, please see the “Recent Publications” page.

We offer the full range of degrees, from the Bachelor’s (both B.A. and B.S.), to the Master’s, to the Doctorate.

In our undergraduate courses, students take up big questions, such as, “Is the mind anything more than the brain?” “Are there moral rules that apply to everyone everywhere?”, “What is free will, and do we have it?”, and “Do nonhuman animals have rights?” Along the way, they develop valuable skills for many future careers, including the ability to think critically about issues, even when the topics are controversial, and the ability to present their ideas and arguments coherently both orally and in writing. Beyond the introductory classes, our class sizes are typically small: no more than 30. If you are a philosophy major or even a philosophy minor, you will get to know and interact with our faculty members, including many award-winning teachers.

Our graduate program provides intensive training in main areas of philosophy, through small graduate-only courses and one-on-one faculty advising. We are proud of our welcoming and warm community of graduate students and faculty. Our graduates have gone on to find rewarding academic positions in philosophy.

The Department also features a vibrant colloquium series, in which visiting philosophers from other universities present papers. These speakers include renowned scholars, as well as promising newcomers.

Finally, the Department recognizes the ethical and intellectual value of diversity and is committed to fostering an inclusive environment.

We hope you’ll get to know us better by exploring our website!  You may also follow us on the Mizzou Department of Philosophy Facebook page to keep up-to-date on faculty and student achievements, visiting speakers, and other news about the Department.

- Paul Weirich, Department Chair


Student raises hand during Senior SeminarStudent asks Dr. Melnyk a question during the 2019 Senior Seminar. Photo by Fernando Alvear.