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The Philosophy Department at Georgetown University is a pluralistic department that contributes centrally to the University’s core commitments to “justice and the common good, our intellectual openness, and our international character.” We value and promote a variety of approaches to philosophical reflection, including traditional research in contemporary philosophical problems, the study of the history of philosophy, practically engaged and public-facing philosophy, all in both the Anglophone and international linguistic traditions. We have broad strengths in traditional fields of philosophical inquiry, including ethical theory and practical ethics (especially bioethics), social and political philosophy, philosophy of language, epistemology, and the Catholic philosophical tradition. We are currently building a focus in philosophical approaches to race, as well as philosophical traditions rooted in the thought of disadvantaged or marginalized racial groups.
Congratulations to Nancy Sherman on the Publication of Stoic Wisdom: Ancient Lessons for Modern Resilience
May 3rd, 2021
Professor Sherman’s book, Stoic Wisdom: Ancient Lessons for Modern Resilience, has recently appeared on Oxford UP. “Engaging sympathetically yet …
Congratulations to Mark Murphy on the Publication of Divine Holiness and Divine Action
April 29th, 2021
Professor Murphy’s latest monograph, Divine Holiness and Divine Action, has recently appeared on Oxford UP. The Oxford UP page describes it t…
Georgetown Philosophy Ph.D., Paddy McShane, Promoted to Associate Professor at the University of Portland.
February 1st, 2021
The Department is proud to announce that Paddy McShane has been awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor at the University of Portland.&nbs…
Remembering Robert M. Veatch, PhD 1939-2020
November 17th, 2020
Robert M. Veatch, PhD 1939-2020
Robert M. Veatch, PhD, Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Professor Emeritus of Medic…
GU Philosophy PhD Program Rated Among the Best in the Country
July 20th, 2020
In a recent independent analysis of both subjective student satisfaction and objective factors such as diversity, placement, and post-graduate succes…
The Philosophy Department Mourns the Passing of Jay Reuscher, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy
July 20th, 2020
John Alfred “Jay” Reuscher, associate professor emeritus of philosophy at Georgetown University, passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2020, due to…
The GU Philosophy Department Mourns the Passing of Fr. John Langan
July 20th, 2020
Father John Langan passed away on Friday, March 20th, 2020 at the age of 79. Since 1987, Fr. Langan was the Rose Kennedy Professor of Christian E…