Department of Philosophy

  • 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.

Presenter lecturing in front of a crowd

2022 UAA Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Feburary 18th

12:00-12:45 PM Keldon Irwin, Web of Destruction: An Investigation Into the Christian Distortions of Feminine Origins of Indigenous Cosmologies
12:50-1:30 PM Sarah Baktuit, Why We Value Horror in Ways We Value Liminal Space
1:45-2:25 PM Greta Smith, Dream Aesthetics
2:45-3:45 PM
Student Keynote Address

Tunca Isik Askin, Noemata: Abstract Objects and Ontic Determiners

6:00-7:30 PM
Keynote Address
Mark Carr, Ph.D. (Providence Hospital), Whose Conscience? What Service?

For Zoom access click on the links below

Online Student Presentations12:00 - 3:45 PM

Passcode: CCdB0F

Online Keynote Address: 6:00-7:30 PM 

Passcode: eVTj5e

 UAA 2022 Undergraduate Philosophy Conference Keynote Address by Mark Carr, Ph.D., topic is Whose Conscience? What Service?


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