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Philosophy is present in our everyday lives, from decisions in the medical field to the way we view food. We use philosophy to help us understand the societies and cultures around us.

Here at Furman, we emphasize a hands-on curriculum that explores and investigates humanity’s place in nature and history. Our program will prepare you for graduate study in philosophy, but our students have also become doctors, lawyers, engineers, artists, social workers, ministers, and more.

Statement in response to Black@Furman

In the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and many others, the disproportionate effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on people of color, and the revelations of systemic racism at Furman posted on the Instagram account Black@Furman, the philosophy department would like our students and alumni to know that we are listening and that we hope to do better at providing an inclusive environment for students and faculty of color. This academic year, we will review our teaching practices, major requirements, and recruitment efforts, in dialogue with students, alumni, and faculty of color, in order to learn how we can help promote genuine change at Furman. If you would like to contribute to these efforts, please email Erik Anderson (Philosophy Department Chair) at or contact any member of the department.

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Philosophy in the news

Philosophy Department Presents Their Annual Student Awards to 2021 Graduates

Madison Terry (received the Applied Ethics Award), Dr. Erik Anderson (Philosophy Department Chair), Qwameek Bethea (received the Applied Ethics Award), and Haoyue Yang (received the Jim Edwards Award).