Welcome to the Philosophy Department

Professor Zac Cogley

Philosophy stimulates your ability to think critically and creatively, and enhances your analytical capacities. It prepares you for a wide variety of careers, including law, medicine, business, teaching and just about any job that values good thinking and writing skills. But don't just take our word for it. Also, see what some of our alumni have gone on to do!

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A Philosophy Student's Perspective

student perspective in the philosophy departmentUndergraduates in NMU’s philosophy department get the unique experience of smaller class sizes, renowned speakers and participating in community outreach and education. Philosophy students enjoy these educational benefits under the guidance of dedicated professors, all while investigating life's most difficult questions.


Philosophy Faculty Publish New Work


Professor Cogley published "A Study of Virtuous and Vicious Anger" in Virtues and Their Vices (Oxford University Press), and Professor Aumann published "The Relationship between Aesthetic Value and Cognitive Value" in The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism.

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Religious Studies Program
Leadership course

Religion is a dynamic force in the lives of many people. It shapes the literature, politics, art, and economics of virtually every society and civilization. NMU's minor in Religious Studies will help you acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for navigating a world in which religion plays so important a role.

Contact Us

Philosophy Department
Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855

phone: (906) 227-2512
fax: (906) 227-2229
e-mail: phildept@nmu.edu

Essay Prizes

Outstanding Graduating Senior

10179_0.jpgAmber Fullmer was named the Philosophy Department's outstanding graduating senior this year. Amber is headed to graduate school at the University of Glasgow next year.

Philosophy Club

Cooper-Dreisbach Winners

Emily Prychitko

Emily Prychitko won first prize in the Philosophy Department's annual essay competition with her paper, "Determined to Choose."

Leah BlanshardLeah Blanshard won second prize in the Philosophy Department's annual essay competition with her paper, "On Testimony: On Lackey’s Learning From Words."

Alumni Survey

Kari_Stromberg_0.jpgWe'd love to hear how the Philosophy Department has shaped your life or career! Complete our survey and see the responses by Kari Stromberg and others.

Why Study Philosophy?

33891_1.jpgAnswers to the the hard question every philosophy student wants to ask.

Philosophy on TV

garrisonllogo2_tsmall.jpgProfessor Cogley recently appeared on the Doug Garrison Show to talk about the ethics of vaccines.