"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates

Welcome to the San José State Philosophy Department

In our graduate and undergraduate degree programs we offer small classes, an active student body, and support for your academic growth. The Philosophy Department has been recognized for its breadth and the scholarly activity of its faculty. The Department is strong in traditional areas of philosophy and active in innovative ones (e.g., Feminist Philosophy; Applied Philosophy). The Department is noted for its treatment of philosophy in a global context (Comparative Philosophy; Asian Philosophy; African and African American Philosophies), and for its engagement with issues reflecting its Silicon Valley setting (Computers, Ethics and Society; Science, Technology and Human Values; Philosophy of Technology; Philosophy of Science).

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About Us

Learn about the Philosophy Department. We are strong in traditional areas of philosophy and active in innovative ones.


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Current Students

Information for current philosophy students.

June 5, 2020

We unequivocally condemn the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless other Black people in the US and around the world. We recognize our responsibility to be part of hard conversations about systemic racism and anti-Blackness. We affirm our commitment to making our Department, our classrooms, and our wider community more just, more equitable, and more inclusive, providing safe spaces for learning while challenging ourselves to be better. We hold space for our Black students, colleagues, alumni, and community members. Your voices matter. Your lives matter.

Our Department's Shared Commitment

As philosophers, we engage rigorously with ideas and arguments. In doing so, we also endeavor to treat each other with empathy and respect. We believe that philosophy should be guided by a yearning to understand not only the content and implications of ideas, but also the perspectives of other members of our diverse community. Our thinking is better and our understanding is deeper when we grapple with lived experiences different from our own. We value a plurality of philosophical styles. We value appeals to reason and evidence, and reject argumentation aimed simply at winning or at bullying other voices into silence. We are committed to creating learning environments, a departmental culture, and a larger philosophical community that reflects these values and welcomes all who want to explore philosophy.

Impaction Statement

The Department of Philosophy welcomes all students admitted to the University. There are no extra criteria for admissions to the Department's major program.

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