Big Questions

Philosophy is the creative and critical reflection on enduring questions concerning the nature of the world and our place in it. For example, philosophy asks metaphysical questions about what exists, epistemic questions about what we can claim to know, and ethical questions about the nature of the good life and right action. In addition, philosophy involves the study and practice of good reasoning and clear thinking, skills that are essential to any discipline or profession.

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The Department of Philosophy

Philosophy, as the center of the humanities, the foundation for the sciences and the core of the liberal arts, supports the mission of CAS and the 2017 UAA Strategic Plan by preparing Alaskans to become knowledgeable and contributing citizens in a diverse world.  Members of the department are committed to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, and public service, and seek to extend the mission of the University by promoting freedom of inquiry, integrity in study and action, and the transmission of knowledge and understanding. Faculty advance scholarship, research, and learning in the history of ideas and ethics. They contribute to the vitality of the natural and social sciences, health professions, art, education, government and public policy, business, technology, and justice studies. The department's emphasis on intellectual strenuousness uniquely prepares students for variety of graduate studies as well as public leadership. Through community engagement, faculty and students raise public discussion of significant issues and provide leadership in addressing conflicts and solving problems in Alaska and beyond.

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Philosophy Students and Faculty in the News!

News Stories

  • UAA students prepare ravioli dough with fifth grade students at Mountain View Elementary as part of their community-focused philosophy course on food justice

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    Aristotle, Descartes, and the shopping cart

  • Kierra Hammons takes questions on an applied ethics paper she wrote

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    Philosophy undergraduates tackle heaven and hell, humans and time, discourse and Title IX

  • Professor Kelly

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    Philosophy research: Professor Terry Kelly and ‘When is a promise broken?’

  • Starry sky

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    Veritas Forum: Is Belief in God Irrational?

  • Students at Dimond High School meet Paro the robot seal

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    UAA’s Cyber-Ethics Conference brings robots home

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