Notre Dame’s Philosophy Department is one of the largest and most diverse in the country, offering an unusually broad range of courses and specializations.

Our areas of strength include the analytic and continental traditions as well as all major areas of historical and contemporary philosophy.
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Lucy Allais Univ of Witwatersrand
April 16, 2014
Christia Mercer
April 25, 2014
Worker's Slaves, and the Disenfranchised in Aristotle
Sat May 3, 2014

Recent News

$4.5 Million Research Grant, “Hope and Optimism: Conceptual and Empirical Investigations,” Awarded

We're happy to announce a new three-year, $4.5 million research grant, “Hope and Optimism: Conceptual and Empirical Investigations,” co-directed by Sam Newlands (Notre Dame) and Andrew Chignell (Cornell), set to begin in June 2014, with funding from the John Templeton Foundation, the University of Notre Dame, and Cornell University. This will be a multi-disciplinary research project on the nature and norms of hope and optimism, and it includes significant amounts of funding for new research in philosophy, psychology, sociology, and philosophical theology, as well as public interest components like a playwright competition and amateur video contest.