Department of Philosophy
"Philosophy begins when one learns to doubt - particularly to doubt one's cherished beliefs, one's dogmas and one's axioms"
The FAU department of philosophy announces the retirement of two of its valued senior faculty members.
Dr. Simon Glynn and Dr. Carol Gould retired in Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 respectively, after having enjoyed very productive careers as professors and scholars.
Dr. Glynn taught and published in the areas of phenomenology, philosophy of the human and social sciences, social and political philosophy, and philosophy of mind.
Dr. Gould taught and published in the areas of Ancient philosophy, aesthetics, philosophy of literature, and philosophy of psychiatry.
We thank Dr. Glynn and Dr. Gould for their invaluable contributions to the department and to the discipline of philosophy.
We extend to them many good wishes for an enjoyable retirement, full of new adventures and exciting endeavors.
open faculty positions
The FAU Department of Philosophy is growing! We are happy to announce that we are searching for three additional full-time tenure line faculty.
In coming months, we'll be looking for additional faculty to expand our teaching and research in the areas of Bioethics, Ancient Philosophy, and Philosophy of Mind. These future colleagues will add vibrance to an already diverse and exciting philosophy program.
Current students: Stay tuned for information on opportunities to attend research presentations and to meet the candidates.
To view and/or download the the descriptions of each position, click on the links below. For further information on the application process, go to FAU Jobs
CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. CLEVIS HEADLEY on a new book!
The department of philosophy is happy to announce the publication of the book George Yancy: A Critical Introduction, which is co-edited by Clevis Headley, Kimberly Duncey, and Joe Feagin, with a foreword by Judith Butler and an introduction by Clevis Headley, Kimberly Duncey, and Joe Feagin (Rowman and Littlefield, 2021).
This collection of essays honors the transformative work of the philosopher George Yancy in the areas of critical philosophy of race, critical whiteness studies, critical phenomenology of racist embodiment, and social and political philosophy.
About the department
Philosophy has a very important role to play in the acquisition of a higher education. The study of philosophy fosters an appreciation for the most fundamental ideas, questions, and texts that have profoundly shaped our culture. However, the study of philosophy also lead to the rigorous development of very practical skills, such as critical thinking, clear and precise writing, analytical skills, persuasive oral communication, and the ability to read and comprehend conceptually challenging texts. These skills will help students succeed in life and in any career that they choose to pursue after earning their Bachelor's degree. For more information on the intellectual and practical benefits of studying philosophy, see "Statement on the Role of Philosophy Programs in Higher Education" .
The Philosophy Department at Florida Atlantic University offers a high quality Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy. In fact, s everal 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 Universisty (formerly, The New School for Social Research), SUNY Stony Brook, and SUNY Binghampton.
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 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
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 levels. For more information about faculty publications, click on individual faculty names on the Faculty page or visit Recent Faculty Publications .
The Philosophy Department's undergraduate program of study prepares students for various career opportunities. For example, one of our former philosophy majors eventually went on to receive a Master's degree in computer science and to start his own web development company. He has recently returned to FAU to pursue another graduate degree, this time in complex systems and brain sciences.
This former student stresses that his degree in philosophy has been critical to his success as a web developer and the skills he learned from studying philosophy have actually helped improve his coding skills. He discusses the important role that studying philosophy has played in his life in a Miami Herald article titled "For the Liberal Arts, All is Not Lost in the Digital Future" .
For another interesting article on the many benefits of studying philosophy, see Patricia Yollin's "Philosophy's Popularity Soars: Devotees Find It's More Than 'An Interesting Path to Poverty'" .
Another 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 on the earning power of the philosophy degree 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.
Undergraduate Advisor: Dr. Clevis Headley
Senior Secretary: Mrs. Simone White