About the Department

The Department of Philosophy at Florida State University was organized in September 1965, following the dissolution of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies into two distinct academic programs, the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Religion. Effective that same year, the Department of Philosophy implemented its bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, and instituted for the first time in the state of Florida a doctoral degree program in Philosophy.

Each year the department hosts the Werkmeister Conference (recent topics include CosmopolitanismForm & Function in Biology, and Folk Concepts), the Conference of the Society for Women's Advancement in Philosophy, the Florida State University Graduate Student Philosophy Conference, and a Colloquium Series. In addition, the department publishes Social Theory and Practice , a leading journal in social and political philosophy founded by the department in 1970.

The department is committed to maintaining an exceptionally strong faculty, and new appointments are made regularly. The faculty has a diverse set of interests, with special strengths in ancient and modern philosophy, ethics, logic, action theory, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of biology.

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Recent News

Free Will, Moral Responsibility, and Agency Conference

The Department of Philosophy at Florida State University will host its fourth annual Free Will, Moral Responsibility, and Agency Conference from September 18-19, 2015. The conference will feature keynote talks from Derk Pereboom (Cornell) and Angela Smith (Washington and Lee). For more details, see the conference website: http://fsuphilconference.wordpress.com/ .

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Minds Online Conference

FSU's Department of Philosophy, together with the editors of the Brains blog and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Houston, is proud to sponsor the first annual Minds Online Conference, which will be held at the Brains blog from August 31 - September 25, 2015. The conference is co-organized by Cameron Buckner (UH), Nick Byrd (FSU), and John Schwenkler (FSU). For details and to participate in the conference, see the conference website: http://mindsonline.philosophyofbrains.com/ .

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Fall 2015 Colloquium Series

The Department of Philosophy's Fall 2015 Colloquium Series will include talks from Wayne Wu (Carnegie Mellon) and Jennifer Lackey (Northwestern), in addition to keynote talks from Derk Pereboom (Cornell) and Angela Smith (Washington and Lee) at the Free Will and Moral Responsibility Conference. For details, see the schedule .

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