The department organizes workshops in Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology and Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language, and Value Theory. These meet regularly throughout the semester and provide a venue for discussion of graduate student and faculty work in progress, as well as published work of general interest. They provide a venue for informal philosophical discussion between graduate students and faculty, and provide an opportunity to develop join research projects. Via these workshops, graduate students choose the majority of departmental colloquium speakers.

Departmental Colloquia and Friends of Philosophy:

The department organizes frequent colloquia in which visiting philosophers present their current work. Recent colloquium speakers include some of the best-known philosophers of the United States as well as distinguished philosophers from other countries. Graduate students are strongly encouraged to attend and participate in the colloquia. Colloquia are followed by receptions for further discussion, and dinner with the speaker. 

The department also has a supporting organization called “The Friends of Philosophy” whose membership and meetings are open to all persons interested in philosophical questions. The Friends of Philosophy organizes dialogues, lectures, symposia, and discussions intended for a wide (non-academic as well as academic) audience.

The Graduate Student Colloquium 

The graduate students of the Department of Philosophy maintain a regular informal discussion group, the Graduate Philosophy Colloquium, which organizes philosophical lectures and debates for students and faculty. Graduate students at all stages are encouraged to present their work at the Colloquium. This is an excellent opportunity for students to get feedback on their developing work and to gain experience presenting papers.