Philosophy

Photograph of Cowboy Philosopher, a sculpture by Robert Summers

Department of Philosophy

 
The Department of Philosophy at SMU excels in both research and teaching.

Our faculty members are distinguished scholars whose research is regularly published in leading journals and presses. We are particularly strong in Philosophy of Mind, Ethics, Moral Psychology, Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Science. Our speaker series regularly brings prominent philosophers from the US and abroad to campus. In recent years we have hosted conferences on Free Will and on Consciousness and the Self, as well as two workshops in Ethical Theory.

The department offers a BA in Philosophy and minors in Philosophy and in Ethics. Upper-level courses cover not only core areas of philosophy and important historical figures, but also specialized topics such as animal rights, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of law. Many of these courses are small and writing-intensive. Students who qualify may be awarded Departmental Distinction upon graduation. There is an active, student-led Philosophy Club.