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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

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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

Lecture Series - Ethics of Economic Institutions 

Series Sponsored by the Philosophy Department; Discussions hosted by CETL 

Lisa Herzog, Stanford University, “The Normative Stakes of Economic Growth – 1776 and Today” Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 5:00-6:30PM, Morris Hall 103 (Discussion: Wed., Feb. 4, 2015, 2:00-3:00PM, Memorial Library 88A*)

Joshua Preiss, MSU Mankato, “The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics of Personal Responsibility” Thursday, February 19, 2015, 5:00-6:30PM, Morris Hall 102 (Discussion: Wed., Feb. 11, 2015, 2:00-3:00PM, Memorial Library 94B)

Jurgen De Wispelare, McGill Univeristy, “Basic Income: From Justice to Legitimacy” Thursday, March 19, 2015, 5:00-6:30PM, Morris Hall 102 (Discussion: Wed., Mar. 4, 2015, 3:00-4:00PM, Memorial Library 94B)

Matt Zwolinski, University of San Diego, “Exploitation, Neglect, and the Psychology of Moral Judgment: Why You’re Probably Worse than a Price-Gouger, and Why You Probably Don’t Believe It” (Annual Business Ethics Lecture) Wednesday, April 2, 2015, 7:00-9:00PM, Wiecking Auditorium (Discussion: Wed., Mar. 25, 2015, 3:00-4:00PM, Memorial Library 94B)

Benjamin Hale, University of Colorado, “The Lingering Value of Modern Technology” Thursday, April 9, 2015, 5:00-6:30PM Morris Hall 102 (Discussion: Wed., Apr. 1, 2015, 3:00-4:00PM, Memorial Library 94B)


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.