Philosophy Department

The word philosophy literally means "Love of Wisdom". It is this love and wonder that elicits new ideas that can have a profound impact on humanity.
Welcome to the Philosophy Department

The Department of Philosophy in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHS) offers a program that leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy.

The study of Philosophy is the reasoned pursuit of fundamental truths. It is a systematic investigation of the key assumptions that underlie our thinking and which often are taken for granted.

Much of what is learned in Philosophy can be applied to virtually any endeavor. This is both because philosophy touches upon so many subjects, and especially because many of its methods and forms of analysis are applicable in any field.


News & Events

On Wednesday February 3rd a panel of distinguished professors met to discuss philosopher Immanuel Kant’s work "What is Enlightenment?" The talk was moderated and hosted by University of Southern Maine professor Jason Read. The panel included professor Robert Louden, Sarah Marquardt (both professors of the University of Southern Maine), and professor David Cummiskey Chair of the Philosophy Department at Bates College.
"Alienation, Isolation, and Exclusion" A panel and discussion was held on Thursday, November 19th, at Payson Smith Hall, on the Portland Campus.
Associate Professor of Philosophy Jason Read traveled to Stuttgart in September to participate in the Akademie Schloss Solitude's Colloquium, Marketplaces of Perception. The colloquium was part of the art, science & business program at Akademie Schloss Solitude.


usm University of Maine World Philosophy Day Study Philosophy

USM Philosophy student Jamie Barilone discusses why she thinks studying Philosophy is so important.