Department of Philosophy

Department of Philosophy

Lester E. Embree †

It is with great sadness that the philosophy department announces the passing of Professor Lester Embree on Thursday, January 19, 2017. Professor Embree was a world-renown expert in phenomenology and made many significant contributions to this field. He served on the faculty at Florida Atlantic University for over 30 years. Professor Embree will be missed by his students and by his many colleagues and friends worldwide.

Thomas F. Baxley †

It is with great sadness that the philosophy department announces the passing of another of its members, Professor Thomas F. Baxley, on February 23, 2017. Professor Baxley served as Chair of the department of philosophy for more than a decade, overseeing the department's growth into one of the strongest undergraduate philosophy programs in the Florida State University System. When he retired in 2003, after 35 years of service at Florida Atlantic University, he moved to Cochran, Georgia where he pursued his love of tennis, participating in many competitive matches. Tom is survived by his spouse, Carolyn Ackinclose, their five children, and seventeen grandchildren.

"Philosophy begins when one learns to doubt - particularly to doubt one's cherished beliefs, one's dogmas and one's axioms"
Will Durant

The Philosophy Department at Florida Atlantic University offers a high quality Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy.

Several philosophy majors from Florida Atlantic University have successfully pursued their graduate/professional education at institutions such as Oxford University, Columbia University, Princeton University, The New School for Social Research, SUNY Stony Brook, and SUNY Binghampton.



The quality of the philosophy program at Florida Atlantic University is enhanced by an active research faculty that produces numerous professional publications and conference presentations, both at the national and the international level.  See Faculty

The Philosophy Department offers an undergraduate program of study that prepares students for various career opportunities. For an interesting article on the many benefits of studying philosophy, please see Patricia Yollin's "Philosophy's Popularity Soars: Devotees Find It's More Than 'An Interesting Path to Poverty'"

A recent article in The Atlantic ( "The Earning Power of Philosophy Majors" ) points out that the earning power of philosophy majors is higher than that of other humanities majors, both in the early and later stages of their career.  This claim is based on a new report issued by Payscale.  As the article points out "employers value creative problem solving and the ability to deal with ambiguity [and philosophy majors] have  creative problem solving abilities that set them apart."  

A recent study shows that philosophy majors "have the potential to earn higher-than-average income throughout all stages of their career. compared to other professions with little growth over time." This is because the study of philosophy is unique among the humanities in that that it develops and enhances not only creative and interpretive skills but also analytical and critical skills.

This  study also demonstrates that philosophy majors score higher on the LSAT and on the qualitative and analytical portions of the GRE than any other major, and that they score higher on the quantitative portion of the GRE than any other major other than physics and mathematics.

Due to the excellent and well-rounded intellectual training that the study of philosophy provides, it is an excellent preparation for the study of law and for many other non-academic careers.  See Non-Academic Careers for Philosophers

In addition to offering the more traditional philosophy major, the Philosophy Department also offers a philosophy major track in Pre-Law for students who wish to go on to law school.  See Pre-Law and Philosophy


Chair: Dr. Marina Banchetti

Undergraduate Adviser:  Dr. Clevis Headley

Office Administrator: Mrs. Sheryl Hulet