Falling largely within the analytic tradition, the Department of Philosophy at Western Michigan University takes seriously its dual mission of philosophical teaching and research. Offering a range of undergraduate courses and a terminal master's degree, WMU's program is recognized as one of the best master's programs in the United States and one of only a handful of programs mentioned in the Philosophical Gourmet Report.

Spring 2023 hours

The Department of Philosophy at Western Michigan University will be open during all regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will maintain a physical presence on campus on:

Mondays through Thursdays, 8:30 to 5:00 p.m.

For all University-wide decisions and updates, please continue to check wmich.edu/covid19.


  • Jimmy Martin’s paper 'On Certainty, Change, and "Mathematical Hinges"' has been accepted at Topoi.
  • Noa Dahan has been accepted to present a poster on her paper "Anorexia Nervosa, Oversized Experiences, and Systemic Anti-fatness" at the biannual meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association taking place in Pittsburgh in November 2022.
  • Henry Curcio has been invited to present his paper "Making Sense of Socratic Disobedience: Irony in Plato’s Crito" at the APA Pacific Division's conference being hosted in San Francisco in April of 2023
  • Xiaolong Wang has had his paper "Does Rational Sentimentalism Solve the Wrong Kind of Reason Problem" accepted at the American Philosophical Association’s 2023 Central Division meeting!
  • Ashley Atkins has organized a symposium on the art of grief in the upcoming BSA meeting (St. Anne's Oxford). Sandra Shapshay (CUNY) and Kathleen Higgins (University of Texas at Austin) are co-participants.
  • Charlie Kurth has been selected as one of WMU’s 2022-23 Emerging Scholar Awardrecipients. Charlie has also been awarded a 2-year residential fellowship at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Study and will be on leave from WMU until August 2024.
  • Mike Pritchard has published The importance of sentiment in promoting reasonableness in children through Anthem Press.
  • Jimmy Martin’s paper, "Indeterminacy, Coincidence, and ‘Sourcing Newness’ in Mathematical Research," is accepted at Synthese!
  • Charlie Kurth discusses moral value of disgust in Scientific American
  • Two Philosophy MA students win Grad College Research Awards: Grecia Sánchez Blanco and Lulu Cao. 
  •  Charlie Kurth’s paper, “Cultivating Disgust,” is published in Emotion Review.
  • Jacob Castleberry’s paper, “Expanding the Facilitator’s Toolbox: Vygotskian Mediation in Philosophy for Children,” is published in Analytic Teaching & Philosophical Praxis.
  • Ashley Atkins places three(!) journal articles: “On Grief's Sweet Sorrow” coming out in the European Journal of Philosophy, “Rage and the Politics of Loss” in Ergo, and “Love and Death in Democracy” with Contemporary Political Theory.