About Us


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Philosophy is the oldest, broadest, and most fundamental body of inquiry. Some philosophical questions have to do with the understanding of ourselves and whatever else there may be. Others concern the nature of various forms of knowledge and experience. Still others concern ethical issues and problems of value. Philosophical training is useful in that it improves one’s ability to think clearly and to construct, analyze, and criticize arguments of any kind. The study of philosophy is thus one of the most important elements in a good liberal education. 

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Illinois has three core missions: 

  1. pursue scholarship across a range of key philosophical areas
  2. contribute to the education of our undergraduates by offering a wide array of stimulating courses
  3. train professional philosophers in a vibrant graduate program 

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Illinois welcomes you to explore our website and come visit our classes and colloquia events to engage in the ongoing creation of what it means to be a Philosopher in this ever-changing world.

The faculty's research interests are wide, covering the major areas of philosophy:

Ancient Greek Philosophy: Kirk Sanders

Biomedical Ethics: Nir Ben-Moshe

Modern Philosophy: Nir Ben-Moshe, Jochen Bojanowski, Alexandra Newton, Sami Savonius-Wroth, David Sussman, Helga Varden, Shelley Weinberg 

Metaphysics: Jonathan Livengood, Alexandra Newton, Noël Saenz, Christopher Weaver

Epistemology: Ben Levinstein

Ethics: Nir Ben-Moshe, Jochen Bojanowski, Benjamin Bryan, Philip Hilmer, Ben Levinstein, Colleen Murphy, David Sussman, Helga Varden

Social and Political Philosophy: Jochen Bojanowski, Benjamin Bryan, Colleen Murphy, Sami Savonius-Wroth, David Sussman, Helga Varden

Philosophy of Law: Jochen Bojanowski, Benjamin Bryan, Colleen Murphy, Sami Savonius-Wroth, Helga Varden

Moral Psychology: Nir Ben-Moshe, David Sussman

Philosophy of Science: Jonathan Livengood, Ben Levinstein, Christopher Weaver

Experimental Philosophy: Jonathan Livengood

Philosophy of Language:

Philosophy of Religion: Noël Saenz, Christopher Weaver

Logic, Philosophy of Logic, Philosophy of Math: