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Welcome to the Department of Philosophy

Contemporary Philosophers

Philosophy studies the most fundamental questions that human beings ask — about individual and social action, the possibility and limits of knowledge, the truth and justification of beliefs, human nature and freedom, the existence of God and the operations of nature. Philosophy tends to approach these questions in a systematic way, and many philosophers have worked out theories to answer them (or show why they cannot be answered). The courses offered by the Philosophy Department are designed to introduce students to the main problems that philosophers study, and to the main ideas of such profound and influential thinkers as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, Hume and Kant.

Philosophy is one of the most important subjects  someone can study because it develops the ability to reason clearly and critically, to write thoughtfully, and to use intelligence and logic to deal with problems all too often ruled by emotion and prejudice. Philosophy also helps one develop intellectual flexibility and learn to appreciate ideas and beliefs other than those of one’s own time, place, class or group. Since it develops these intellectual abilities and habits, the study of philosophy, either in individual courses or as a major or minor, is excellent preparation for any profession or occupation.

What can I do with a degree in Philosophy?

Philosophy courses are designed to provide skills that can be used across many fields, rather than to prepare you for a single career. Students of philosophy go on to pursue careers in law, business, medicine, government and the arts. Some go on to study philosophy at the graduate level with the aim either of teaching philosophy or of obtaining an advanced degree to further their career objectives.

Philosophy also prepares students to pursue graduate studies in a variety of fields.  Philosophy majors perform extremely well on graduate school entrance exams and score higher on the GRE than graduates of other majors.  Philosophy majors also are among the top performers on the LSAT and GMAT.  But pursuing philosophy can also be intrinsically valuable—not just as a means to some end, but as an end in itself. When you do philosophy well, you exercise your mind in ways that reveal how powerful, creative, and open it can be.

If you're thinking about majoring or minoring in philosophy, or even just taking a course or two, you may want to visit our Why Study Philosophy? page.

Course Listings

The department encourages students interested in philosophy to consult with a departmental advisor about the resources and requirements of our programs. 

Administration and Faculty

Chair of Philosophy Department

Justin Garson
1417 West
(212) 772-4975

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
1444 West
(212) 772-4970
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Address: Hunter College (CUNY)
Department of Philosophy
695 Park Ave., New York, NY 10065
Room: 1444 HW
Office Hours: Mon.- Fri. 9:00- 5:00
Phone: (212) 772-4970
Fax: (212) 650-3675