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

A panel discussion on Immanuel Kant's 1784 Essay "What is Enlightenment?" Panelists include Professor David Cummiskey, Chair and Professor of Philosophy at Bates College, whose research focuses on contemporary Kantian ethics. Professor Robert Louden, Professor of Philosophy at USM and Sarah Marquardt, Ph.D., Lecturer also at USM.
"Alienation, Isolation, and Exclusion" A panel and discussion with Associate Professor Jason Read, Philosophy Department Chair, USM, and Professor Kathleen Wininger, Philosophy Department, USM, Thursday, November 19th, 4:15 p.m. at Payson Smith Hall, Room 207 Portland Campus. Free and open to the public.
Associate Professor of Philosophy Jason Read will travel to Stuttgart in September to participate in the Akademie Schloss Solitude's Colloquium, Marketplaces of Perception. The colloquium is 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.