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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mailing Address:
Dept. of Philosophy
Minnesota State Mankato
227 Armstrong Hall
Mankato, MN 56001

Office: 507-389-2012
Fax: 507-389-5887

Department of Philosophy

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Welcome to the Department of Philosophy!  We offer an undergraduate major and minor in Philosophy, a minor in Ethics, and contribute to the interdisciplinary major in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), as well as to the new interdisciplinary major in Cognitive Science.


Upcoming Events

John Humphrey, MSU Mankato, "On Saving Socrates from the 'Socratic Fallacy'", Thursday, September 25, 2014, 4:30PM, Armstrong Hall 306.

David Svolba, Fitchburg State University, "Is There a Rawlsian Argument for Animal Rights?", Thursday, October 16, 2014, 4:30PM, Armstrong Hall 306.

Joshua Brown, Gustavus Adolphus College, "Natural Objects", Thursday, October 30, 2014, 4:30PM, Armstrong Hall 306.

Julie Wulfemeyer, MSU Mankato, "Reference Shifting, Mistranslation, and the Social Transmission of Thought and Language", Thursday, November 13, 2014, 4:30PM, Armstrong Hall 306.

Sarah Jansen, Carleton College, "Plato on Laughter", Thursday, November 20, 2014, 4:30PM, Armstrong Hall 306.

Lisa Herzog, Stanford University, TBA, Tuesday, February 10, 2015 .

Joshua Preiss, MSU Mankato, “The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics of Personal Responsibility”, Thursday, February 19, 2015.

Jurgen De Wispelaere, McGill Univeristy, TBA, Thursday, March 19, 2015.

Matt Zwolinski, University of San Diego, TBA, Thursday, April 2, 2015 (Annual Business Ethics Lecture)

Benjamin Hale, University of Colorado, TBA, Thursday, April 9, 2015.


Affiliated Programs

Cognitive Science

Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary inquiry concerned with understanding the nature and development of such intelligent capacities as perception, language, reasoning, learning and problem-solving, whether these capacities are realized in biological or artificial systems. Such inquiry is by its very nature interdisciplinary, integrating methodological, theoretical and practical foci of Biology, Computer Science, Philosophy and Psychology into a single course of study.  The cognitive science major is a broad major and does not require that a student complete a minor in addition to the major. Each Cognitive Science major will concentrate in one of the four participating disciplines: Biology, Computer Science, Philosophy and Psychology.

Critical Thinking Certificate  

Critical Thinking Certificate Program will start from Fall 2015.

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s new bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE). This unique combination of disciplines allows you to focus on the dynamic relationships between the economic, political and legal systems of our society. The PPE major will prepare you for a career in law, business, public policy, journalism, civil service or international affairs.