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Philosophy & Humanities

College of Arts & Sciences

  • New concentration of philosophy major in Fall 2018
  • Justice, Ethics, and Law concentration
  • Justice, Ethics, and Law required courses
  • Justice, Ethics, and Law Theoretical courses
  • Justice, Ethics, and Law Applied courses

Congratulations to Dr. David Harker, recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Faculty Research Award!

Watch a short video synopsis of the issues Dr. Harker engages in his book, Creating Scientific Controversies: Uncertainty and Bias in Science and Society.

Hunter Baker, philosophy graduate

Many of our Philosophy majors go on to find success in a variety of careers, including law, medicine, and business, to name but a few. Read what our graduates have to say about how a philosophy major prepared them for life after college.


The Department of Philosophy & Humanities offers three concentrations of the philosophy major:  traditional Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Justice, Ethics, and Law.  Students may pursue either a B.A. or B.S. degree. Minors are also offered in Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Humanities.

Philosophy is quite unlike any other field. It is unique both in its methods and in the nature and breadth of its subject matter. Philosophy pursues questions in every dimension of human life, and its techniques apply to problems in any field of study or endeavor. No brief definition expresses the richness and variety of philosophy. It may be described in many ways. It is a reasoned pursuit of fundamental truths, a quest for understanding, a study of principles of conduct. It seeks to establish standards of evidence, to provide rational methods of resolving conflicts, and to create techniques for evaluating ideas and arguments. Philosophy develops the capacity to see the world from the perspective of other individuals and other cultures; it enhances one's ability to perceive the relationships among the various fields of study; and it deepens one's sense of the meaning and variety of human experience.
[Taken from "The Field of Philosophy," prepared by the American Philosophical Association's committee on the status and future of the profession, 1981.]

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News and Events



Confederate Monuments
Panel Discussion with Public Q & A

Thursday, March 29th
Rogers-Stout 118 (Auditorium)

Dr. Tom Lee (History), "A Short History of Civil War Memorialization"
Dr. Paul Kamolnick (Sociology), "Contesting Southern Symbolism: Beyond the Either/Or of Hate or Heritage"
Dr. Jennifer Adler (Philosophy & Humanities), "Moving Memory: Comparative Approaches of Re-Remembering and Erasing Tragic History"
Dr. Andrew Battista (Political Science), "Polarization and the Prospects for Reconciliation"

Presented by ETSU Department of Philosophy & Humanities, ETSU Sociology Club, Students for Appalachian Studies



  • Dr. Michael Allen's monograph entitled Civil Disobedience in Global Perspective: Decency and Dissent over Borders, Inequities, and Government Secrecy has been accepted for publication by Springer.

  • Two members of our faculty have been selected to receive faculty wards for 2017.  Congratulations to Dr. Keith Green for recognition by the College of Arts & Sciences of his service to the university, and to Dr. David Harker for recognition of his achievements in research! Dr. Harker received the 2017 Distinguished Faculty Research Award as well as the Research Award from the College of Arts & Sciences.

  • Dr. David Harker's paper entitled "Demarcation and the Created Controversy" has been accepted for publication in Philosophia.

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