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  • Philosophy
    Oct 09 Andrew J Bacevich America s War for the Greater Middle East Consequences Tanner Discussion 2 10 00am Oct 16 Faculty Book Event with Michael Friedman 3 15pm Oct 23 Thomas Piketty Capital in the 21st Century 3 30pm Oct 30 Department Colloquium Marko Malink NYU 3 15pm See More Events Recent News Aug 25 2015 Stanford philosopher strengthens Kant s connection to natural science and Newton Aug 17 2015 Professor of Logic Johan van Benthem gives 2015 opening lecture Logic in Play in Helsinki See More News Home Philosophy at Stanford We are a lively community of philosophers with a broad range of scholarly interests We offer rigorous competitive programs in traditional core areas of philosophy as well as opportunities to explore sometimes neglected subfields like feminist philosophy or aesthetics Our traditional strengths in logic and the philosophy of science remain central to the department and they are now complemented by very strong programs in action theory ethics and political philosophy language mind and epistemology and the history of philosophy especially ancient philosophy and Kant studies History of the Philosophy Department Faculty Research Areas Graduate and Undergraduate Programs Engage Philosophy Illustration by John Cuneo Philosophy should be engaged and applied addressing questions as they arise in the real world and within the practices of other disciplines That tradition in Stanford Philosophy is reflected in our collaboration with a wide range of interdisciplinary programs Follow the links below to learn more Why Philosophy Ways Requirements Faculty Undergraduate Life Undergraduate program overview Graduate Life Photo by Kent Safford We are a tight knit group of philosophy students contributing to an active intellectual community with dynamic curricular and extra curricular sides Learn more about life at Stanford Philosophy Meet Graduate Students Research Groups Hume Society Minorities and Philosophy Graduate program overview

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  • Why Philosophy? | Philosophy
    will What is justice Philosophy embraces difficult questions and investigates fundamental concepts Some are abstract and deal with the nature of truth justice value and knowledge others are more concrete Philosophy examines the efforts of past thinkers and cultivates the capacity to reason about our own thinking The discipline encourages clarity of thought and careful analysis of arguments And it engages complex problems that might get overlooked in other fields Developing a philosophical mindset and learning to engage with difficult questions helps students identify and apply critical pressure to assumptions behind conventional judgments practices and arguments At Stanford we believe that philosophy ought to be engaged and applied It should address philosophical questions as they arise in the real world and within the practices of other disciplines This tradition is reflected in our department s collaboration with a wide range of interdisciplinary programs and initiatives including Ethics in Society Symbolic Systems History and Philosophy of Science Feminist Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Philosophy and Literature initiative Critical reading Analytical thinking Sound argumentation Although philosophy may be considered the oldest academic discipline studying it has powerful currency it today s world A philosophical framework equips students with the skills to

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  • History of Stanford's Philosophy Department | Philosophy
    disciplines especially psychology linguistics and the social and physical sciences and it played a key role in the establishment of Stanford s highly distinguished Linguistics Department During this period the department clearly reflected Patrick Suppes vision of philosophy as a culturally engaged practice rooted in close attention to and collaboration with ongoing work in the sciences That vision had distinctive implications about the relative importance of the parts of philosophy it was responsible for Stanford s heavy investment in philosophy of science logic and foundations and it is fair to say that Suppes influence at Stanford continues to this day IV The Moravcsik Perry Bratman Era Julius Moravcsik joined Stanford in 1968 and immediately became a force in shaping the Department He advocated broadening the Department s strengths beyond the pinnacles of excellence in logic and the philosophy of science without sacrificing those strengths He also argued for improving undergraduate offerings in traditional areas and introductory classes Under his leadership Stanford Philosophy both broadened and strengthened during the 1970s and 1980s Stanford built its reputation in philosophy of science with the hires of Nancy Cartwright in 1973 and Ian Hacking in 1975 In 1973 Stanford also improved in the philosophy of language with the addition of Thomas Wasow linguistics Moravcsik made two more key hires in 1974 the first was Michael Bratman a student of Davidson and a specialist in the philosophy of action and moral psychology The second was John Perry who would make significant contributions to the philosophy of language philosophy of mind and metaphysics Both have been key fixtures in Stanford s Philosophy Department over the last four decades and helped to raise its prominence in the core areas of philosophy The two also collaborated in the development of central areas of our undergraduate curriculum fulfilling Moravcsik s ambitions in that area In addition the department continued to maintain its distinction in logic with the addition of Jon Barwise in 1978 and John Etchemendy currently Provost of Stanford in 1983 The 1980s also saw significant hires in moral and political philosophy with Sir Stuart Hampshire in 1984 and Debra Satz in 1988 and in the philosophy of science with John Dupré in 1982 and Peter Galison in 1985 along with the historically oriented Wilbur Knorr in 1979 By the end of the 1980s Stanford s philosophy department was first rate in both the quality of its faculty and the breadth of its instruction Barwise Perry Suppes and Wasow were key players in the founding of The Center for the Study of Language and Information CSLI in 1983 which immediately became a major center for the development of the research program known as situation semantics and continues to support a wide range of interdisciplinary research on language and information processing by humans and computers The Center deepened the Department s interdisciplinary connections especially with Linguistics Psychology and Computer Science and its members were crucially involved in the formation of the Symbolic Systems Program at Stanford For over 30

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  • Tanner Memorial Library of Philosophy | Philosophy
    Gift Directions Parking Web Accessibility Tanner Memorial Library of Philosophy Located on the first floor of Building 90 Tanner Library supports the teaching and research mission of the department with a core collection of books and journals Tanner s holdings are listed in SearchWorks the general online catalog for Stanford University Libraries Dissertations honors theses and reserve materials for philosophy department courses are also kept in Tanner Tanner Library is open to anyone with a SUnet ID card and anyone with such an ID may check out books The library provides a quiet place for study Tanner Library Hours Monday Thursday from 9 30 am to 5 00 pm Friday from 9 30 am to 4 00 pm Closed during winter and spring breaks and over the summer Brief History In 1959 the philosopher and philanthropist Obert C Tanner MA 37 and his wife Grace A Tanner offered to underwrite the costs of creating a library within the department On March 4 1960 150 people attended the ceremony during which the Tanners dedicated the library as a memorial to three sons of theirs who had died young The library collection has developed steadily over the years from the original bequests of books by Professors Harold C Brown Henry W Stuart and Clarence I Lewis to the 8 500 volumes it houses today The Tanners continued their patronage of the library over the next thirty years and in 1990 they helped to secure its future by enhancing an endowment they had established in 1961 Other members of the Tanner family have also continued to support the library through the years Contact Department of Philosophy Main Quad Building 90 Room 91F Stanford CA 94305 2155 Phone 650 723 1539 E McMillan is the Tanner Librarian Learn more The Tanner Philosophy Library is

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  • Diversity and Climate | Philosophy
    Despite some serious affirmative efforts philosophy remains noticeably less diverse than other academic disciplines and that fact together with widely publicized climate problems in some philosophy departments have become the subject of rising concern for the profession at large in recent years Stanford Philosophy shares those concerns Stanford University has strong policies prohibiting discrimination against any individual on the basis of race religious creed color national origin ancestry physical or mental disability medical condition marital status sex age sexual orientation gender identity veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law These policies cover hiring promotion employment conditions admission and any other benefit provided by the University The Philosophy Department takes these policies very seriously and we strive not only to live by their letter but to integrate their spirit into our efforts to build an inclusive intellectual community Growing out of this commitment Stanford Philosophy has long taken affirmative steps toward diversifying our profession both through the training of women and underrepresented minority philosophers within our programs and through our own hiring and promotion practices These efforts have met with some success Our current faculty includes women and URM philosophers across all ranks and by 2015 we have seven women colleagues out of a total faculty strength of 21 17 FTE positions just over 33 We remain unsatisfied however with the progress both within our program and within the profession at large We have noted with dismay that our recent searches and rounds of graduate admissions have yielded candidate pools with only 20 28 women and very tiny numbers of philosophers from underrepresented minorities We continue to support efforts at Stanford and around the country to improve this situation by diversifying the pipeline of philosophers entering the profession for example members of the Department have been instrumental in promoting a joint program with CCNY which provides summer research opportunities for young humanists from CCNY and teaching opportunities for our graduate students at CCNY We support and applaud similar efforts by our sister departments around the country including at Brown Rutgers and through the PIKSI projects supported by the APA at Penn State and Boston We also strive to bring a spirit of continual improvement into the task of shaping the intellectual community and the climate for work in our program For example we have begun integrating information about implicit bias and stereotype threat and suggestions about how to avoid them into our teaching methods course for graduate students and the faculty are exploring new approaches to teaching that might prove more broadly inclusive drawing a fuller cross section of Stanford undergraduates into philosophy In addition philosophers from all career stages have banded together to form our chapter of Minorities and Philosophy and its activities are complemented by many other groups like the Women in Philosophy reading group which brings together graduate and undergraduate women to study philosophy together on an ongoing basis Learn more about Minorities and Philosophy at Stanford Learn more about the Women in Philosophy Reading Group

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  • Contact Us | Philosophy
    Library Diversity and Climate Contact Us Make A Gift Directions Parking Web Accessibility Contact Us Philosophy Department 450 Serra Mall MAIN QUAD BUILDING 90 Stanford CA 94305 map email philosophy stanford edu phone 650 723 2547 fax 650 723 0985 Department Chair Lanier Anderson Bldg 100 room 101D phone 650 723 0764 email lanier stanford edu Department Administrator Eve Scott Bldg 90 room 91AA phone 650 723 1404 email evescott

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  • Giving to Philosophy at Stanford | Philosophy
    Accessibility Giving to Philosophy at Stanford Society needs philosophy majors and philosophy majors need you Studying philosophy has powerful and profound currency in today s world The most important and challenging questions of our time must be addressed with critical thinking analytical rigor and sound argumentation skills at the heart of a philosophy education By making a gift you will contribute to tomorrow s philosophical leaders whose work and thought

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  • Directions, Parking & Accomodations | Philosophy
    100 The main staff offices are in building 90 Address Philosophy Department Building 90 Main Quad 450 Serra Mall Stanford CA 94305 Location of Building 90 on a Searchable Stanford Campus Map Directions and Parking Driving Directions Directions to Stanford University and printable maps of the campus with parking locations can be found at the official Maps Directions page Parking For information on options for visitor parking please visit the Parking and Transportation Website The closest metered lots to the department are located on the Oval at the end of Palm Drive and at the corner of Serra and Galvez Streets Places to Stay Short Term Housing Stanford s local lodging guide is available here There are also some affordable places to stay on campus for short visits or while you look for more permanent housing such as The Stanford Guest House 2575 Sand Hill Road Menlo Park CA 94025 650 926 2800 Resources for Finding More Permanent Housing To find available housing in the Stanford area here are some online sources Stanford Community Housing Services Old Union Room 214 Stanford University Stanford CA 94305 3012 650 723 3906 You can search local rental listings including on campus listings here to get an idea of the kinds of rentals available They also survey housing prices and post average cost information Some of the information contained in the Community Housing Services Web site is available only to current Stanford affiliates To gain access to the restricted information in the Web pages entitled Looking for Housing in the Stanford Area Community Housing Listings and Helpful Information you will be required to enter a user name and password Stanford Report The Stanford Report offers listings of available housing and you can also place an ad describing the kind of housing you need Palo

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