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.

Fall 2021 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.

On the days and times when a representative from philosophy is not physically present, a sign will be posted on all of the unit’s exterior office doors directing visitors to an alternate contact person in the Department of Comparative Religion, the Institute for Intercultural and Anthropological Studies, and global and international studies.

Every effort will be made to address and answer general and miscellaneous inquiries remotely. However, in cases where in-person meetings are necessary (e.g. academic advising, office hours requested by students, physical mail distribution/package pick up) they will be carried out by appointment only, limited to no more than one visitor at a time, in 1101 Moore.

Access to the department/unit copy machine will be restricted. All requests for copies must be arranged with the chair or administrative assistant at least 24 hours in advance. Materials to be copied will be placed on the desk in the main office with a coversheet stating the number requested, or placed in the employee’s mailbox.

Department/unit mail may be collected during normal working hours so long as employees adhere to the safety guidelines and room capacities found here and in the WMU COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan.

All employees are required to complete the Western Michigan University Daily COVID-19 Health Survey screening, found on the GoWMU portal, before campus visit. If an employee has any of the symptoms of COVID-19 or suspects they have symptoms they must notify their immediate supervisor and seek medical attention and testing.

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


  •  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.
  • 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.