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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

Ned Block, Silver Professor of Philosophy, Psychology and Neural Science, New York University, "Does Consciousness Overflow Cognition?" Monday, February 17, 2014, 7PM, Ostrander Auditorium, and his second talk, "Seeing-As in the Light of Vision Science" Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 9AM, Ostrander Auditorium

Eric Schliesser, Professor of Philosophy and Moral Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium, "Isaac Newton's Polemics with Baruch Spinoza" Thursday, February 27, 2014, 5PM, Morris Hall 102

Joshua Preiss, Professor of Philosophy, MSU Mankato, "Global Labor Justice and the Limits of Economic Analysis" Thursday, March 27, 2014, 5PM, Morris Hall 102

Brandon Cooke, Professor of Philosophy, MSU Mankato, "Ethics and Fictive Imagining" Thursday, April 17, 2014, 5PM, Morris 102

Mikael Pettersson, Post-doctoral Researcher at Stockholm University and Visiting Scholar at New York University, "Negative Images: On Photography, Causation, and Absences" Thursday, April 24, 2014, 5PM, Morris Hall 102


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.


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.