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Welcome to the Department of Philosophy

The Portland State University Department of Philosophy serves the community by cultivating skills to thoughtfully engage with ideas, critically and fairly respond to arguments, and carefully interpret and analyze texts; by advancing knowledge through research in a variety of philosophical traditions; and by applying philosophical insight for personal enrichment and solutions to local and worldwide problems.

We share Portland State University's commitment to educating a diverse community of lifelong learners, to promoting access, inclusion, and equity, and to treating members of our community with respect. Our faculty welcome students from all backgrounds into our Department and provide a broad philosophical education.