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.

Distance Learning

We hope all of our WMU Philosophy students, alumni and friends are doing well out there. Classes have moved to distance learning for the near term, but please know that your faculty and staff are still working to do our utmost to provide the best possible learning experience for you under the circumstances. Learn more about distance education or learn tips and tricks about moving your course material online.

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


  • Fritz Allhoff interviewed for article, "Unmasking the Stigma Surrounding Face Coverings".
  • Chance Lacina was awarded the WMU William Ritchie Prize for the best paper in political theory for his essay, “Against the Need for Greed.”
  • Jimmy Martin has his paper,Prolegomena to Virtue-Theoretic Studies in the Philosophy of Mathematics, accepted in the journal Synthese!
  • Daniel Kosacz was awarded a Summer Research Assistantship from the College of Arts and Science to assist Charlie Kurth with a project on emotions.
  • The Tenth Annual Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference will take place (virtually!) September 24-25. The organizers will post details on the conference website as they become available.

  • Charlie Kurth talks about the upside of pandemic-related anxiety in a Washington Post opinion piece.
  • Master's student placement: We’re delighted to announce that CJ Oswald will be joining the Ph.D. program at the University of Virginia; TJ Broy is headed to the Ph.D. program at the University of Connecticut (where he was awarded the prestigious Jorgensen Fellowship); and Kaleb TerBush will be going to Michigan Law School (having been awarded a 2/3rd scholarship there).
  • Fritz Allhoff talks about the ethics of online shopping during the pandemic in an interview on NPR.
  • The 14th Annual Phil Grad Conference is scheduled for Nov. 20-21, 2020. Speakers: Julia Driver (University of Texas-Austin), Lawrence Shapiro (University of Wisconsin), Min Tang (University of North Carolina).
  • Undergraduate philosophy major Levi Durham had his paper accepted at the University of Toronto's Graduate Philosophy Conference.
  • Graduate student CJ Oswald had his paper, "Being Realistic about Metaethics," accepted for the APA-Pacific.
  • Levi Durham, a WMU philosophy major, will be headed to the Ph.D. program at Baylor University in the fall.
  • Congratulations to CJ Oswald for the WMU All-University Award