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Department of Philosophy

Our department specializes in contemporary and historical approaches to Ethics and Political Philosophy. The Department is closely connected to The Murphy Institute's Center for Ethics and Public Affairs and has a specialty PhD track in Moral Philosophy. Many of our faculty members also have research interests in Philosophy of Mind and related areas.

We offer courses in a broad range of areas, including Ethics, Political Philosophy, the History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Logic. Our major and minor programs are flexible and allow students to pursue an array of philosophical interests. Many of our courses satisfy components of the Tulane curriculum, including Global Perspectives, Textual & Historical Perspectives, Western Traditions, Formal Reasoning, Writing Skills, and Service Learning. Our Philosophy Club hosts student-led discussions, lectures, and movie screenings.

News and Announcements

  • The Tulane University Department of Philosophy and Murphy Institute of Political Economy seek to hire a tenure-line faculty member with area of specialization in ethics or political philosophy to add to our growing strength in moral and political philosophy, and in interdisciplinary research. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research touches on political economy. The search is open rank and the appointment will be 50% in philosophy and 50% in the Murphy Institute.

    This is a joint position which includes being the Director of the Murphy Institute's Center for Ethics and Public Affairs, which supports many lectures, seminars, and conferences, along with faculty fellowships each year.

    Application deadline: Sept 15th. Initial interviews will be conducted via Zoom. Tulane University is an equal opportunity employer. All eligible candidates are invited to apply.

    To apply, send a cover letter and CV to Prof. Gary Hoover (Director of the Murphy Institute; and Prof. Chad Van Schoelandt (Chair of the Philosophy Department;
  • Robert Hartman, Josh Mund, and Louis Gularte joined the Department in Fall 2021, and Karl Schmid joined the Department in Fall 2020.
  • We now have a specialty PhD track in Moral Philosophy.
  • Descriptions of our Fall 2021 courses.
  • Charlie Gustafson-Barrett (Ph.D. 2018) began a tenure-track position at St. John's College, Santa Fe, in Fall 2021. 
  • April Olsen (ABD) began a visitiing position at St. John's College, Santa Fe, in Fall 2021.
  • Nathan Stout (Ph.D. 2016) began a position as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Program for Medical Ethics & Human Values at the Tulane University School of Medicine.
  • Daniel Tigard (Ph.D. 2018) began a position as Postdoctoral Fellow in the HumTec Center at RWTH Aachen University (Germany).
  • Gwenda-lin Grewal (Ph.D, 2010) began a position at the Onassis Lecturer in Ancient Greek Thought and Language at the New School of Social Research.
  • Congratulations to Alyssa Walker and Chara Kokkiou for receiving the  Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2020!
  • Congratulations to Yael Pasumansky (BA, 2022)!  Yael's paper, "Guardian Angel", was accepted for publication in Dialogue, the journal of Phi Sigma Tau, the national honors society in philosophy.
  • Sabrina Leeds (MA, 2019) taught an 8-week introductory course in philosophy at Project Lazarus in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. Sabrina's work was featured in the Tulane School of Liberal Arts Magazine. The course was then taught by Jerome Romagosa (MA, 2019) in Fall 2019.
  • The Department is on Twitter and Facebook!