Welcome to the Philosophy Department
Look around and get acquainted with our faculty. Check out speakers and other events in philosophy. Explore our programs. Declare yourself a Philosophy Major. Update us on what you've been doing since you graduated. Stay current on news and notes. Or take in the big picture by reading our most recent newsletters, 2012 Newsletter and the 2011 Newsletter.
While offering courses in the traditional areas of philosophy (logic,
metaphysics, epistemology, history of philosophy, etc.), the Philosophy
Department at UT has special strength in ethics and value theory, broadly
construed to include not only social and political philosophy, for example,
but also those areas of metaphysics or the philosophy of science that
are most closely related to ethics and value theory. For more
information about current areas of faculty expertise and interest, see: Our
At the undergraduate level, we offer both a major and a minor in philosophy. For information about the undergraduate program, see: Undergraduate Program.
At the graduate level, we offer both the M.A. and the Ph.D. degrees. For information about the graduate program, see Graduate Program.
We are a smaller but dynamic department. In addition to teaching, our faculty are actively engaged in research and scholarship. Further, the department regularly hosts prominent visiting speakers who lecture on a wide range of topics. It also regularly organizes and hosts conferences and symposia, typically on topics of faculty research or of special interest to students. Additionally, faculty and graduate students regularly present works in progress to the department in a somewhat less formal context conducive to discussion and welcoming to philosophers at every level, including undergraduates, regardless of their formal affiliation with the department. If you're keen on finding out more about what we do when we're not teaching our classes, check our schedule of upcoming events and make plans to attend a few.
Current UT students enrolled in the graduate program or majoring in Philosophy, as well as faculty and staff in the Philosophy Department, are encouraged to visit the Department's Blackboard site for more resources.
801 McClung Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996-0480
Phone: (865) 974-3255
Fax: (865) 974-3509