We are a lively community of philosophers with a broad range of scholarly interests.

We offer rigorous, competitive programs in traditional core areas of philosophy, as well as opportunities to explore sometimes-neglected subfields like feminist philosophy or aesthetics.

Our traditional strengths in logic and the philosophy of science remain central to the department, and they are now complemented by very strong programs in action theory, ethics and political philosophy, language, mind and epistemology, and the history of philosophy — especially ancient philosophy and Kant studies.

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Engage Philosophy

Philosophy should be engaged and applied, addressing questions as they arise in the real world and within the practices of other disciplines. That tradition in Stanford Philosophy is reflected in our collaboration with a wide range of interdisciplinary programs.  Follow the links below to learn more. 

Undergraduate program overview

Graduate program overview

Upcoming Events

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News

Levin challenges arguments for transhumanism, showing the notion of humanity's self-transcendence into "posthumanity" to be little more than fantasy. Click here to learn more. 
Philosophy PhD alumni Govind Persad, Dan Halliday, RJ Leland and others have co-authored this article in Science:
Helen Longino is recognized for her work in philosophical naturalism and feminist epistemology, and Michael Friedman for his work on the philosophy of Immanuel Kant.