Graduate Program


The philosophy department at Notre Dame tempers a self-avowed pluralism with a commitment to the clarity and rigor of analytic philosophy.

The university’s religious heritage has given the department an enduring sense that philosophy is not simply about the narrower questions that occasionally seem to preoccupy academic philosophy.

The department thus strives to maintain a balance between professionalism and the exploration of those bigger questions that have been philosophy’s traditional concern. 

Both students committed to Judaeo-Christian religious orthodoxies as well as students anxious to confront the big questions will find their concerns hospitably received at Notre Dame; at the same time, the department’s commitment to professional excellence will help them pursue those concerns with responsibility towards the professional standards and literature of the discipline.

Graduate Director
Sean Kelsey
103 Malloy Hall
Phone: (574) 631-4278

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Affiliated Graduate Programs

History and Philosophy of Science

The History and Philosophy of Science Program at the University of Notre Dame is one of a handful of programs in the United States that offers graduate-level instruction up to the Ph.D. in the field of the history and philosophy of science. The five year program draws upon the resources of three important research centers at Notre Dame: the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values; the Center for the Philosophy of Religion; and the Medieval Institute.

Joint Ph.D. in Logic and Foundations of Mathematics

Researchers in the Mathematics Department and the Philosophy Department at Notre Dame offer a joint Ph.D. in the general areas of logic and the foundations of mathematics.