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

Wed September 29th 2021, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Fri October 1st 2021, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Zoom link to be provided.
Tue October 5th 2021, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Virtual to Public. Only those with an active Stanford ID with access to William J Perry Conference Room in Encina Hall may attend in person. 
Speaker: Amy Zegart, Joe Felter, Asfandyar Mir


New book highlights the need to distribute jobs, income and other essential resources in a way that treats people who are young and old as equals. BY SANDRA FEDER Juliana Bidadanure witnessed many social injustices growing up during the 1980s
BY MELISSA DE WITTE Seven Stanford University scholars have been awarded 2021 Guggenheim Fellowships. This prestigious honor recognizes mid-career scholars, artists and scientists who have demonstrated a previous capacity for outstanding work and continue to show exceptional promise.
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.