Big Questions

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.


12th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference - March 2 & 3, 2017

Student Paper Presentations:
March 2nd from 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM in the Student Union Cafeteria
March 3rd from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM in AHS 106

Keynote Presentation "Alternative Facts? The Role of Philosophy & Science in the Post-Truth Era" by UAF Philosophy Chair, Eduardo Wilner:
March 3rd from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM in LIB 307

Philosophy Students and Faculty in the News!

News Stories

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    Aristotle, Descartes, and the shopping cart

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

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

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    Veritas Forum: Is Belief in God Irrational?

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    UAA’s Cyber-Ethics Conference brings robots home

CAS Events and Deadlines

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