The Department of Philosophy offers diverse studies in philosophical thought and analytical skills.

"To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust." 

Henry David Thoreau

The Department of Philosophy

Philosophy is the systematic study of the questions that are most central to the human experience. It is the reasoned exploration both of the relationship between appearance and reality, and of the nature of human values. With logical rigor and through open dialogue, philosophy asks: what can I know? what should I do? what kinds of stuff exist?

The Department of Philosophy prepares students for responsible citizenship as well as post-graduate scholarship in philosophy. The study of philosophy transmits the heritage that created the foundations of contemporary life, and which shape the future in science, religion, politics, law, and morality.

Students engage with faculty of diverse expertise and have opportunities to gain great disciplinary breadth. Through the Capstone Research Project senior philosophy majors have the opportunity to work closely with a professor, focusing their efforts on a particular problem in the field.  … Read more.

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Dr. Brian Hood Delves Into Psychiatry’s Philosophical Underpinnings

By Richard Conn, Center for Resarch and Economic Opportunity 

Dr. Brian Hood is the program director and associate professor of Philosophy at the University of West Florida. He teaches philosophy of science, epistemology, and logic. He recently gave a talk titled “The Assumptions Our Models Betray” as part of the University’s ... Read More. 


UWF Downtown Lecture Series

"Magic: Enjoying the Impossible" with Dr. Jason Leddington

Dr. Jason Leddington

Using a philisophical approach, Dr. Jason Leddington's lecture will explore the nature of magic, why most of us enjoy it, and why some of us don’t. He will explore the relationships between magic, technology, comedy, mystery and wonder to offer explanations as to why theatrical magic has held its lasting appeal. Dr. Leddington argues that our persisting love of magic reveals something deep about us as human beings, and that, as long as we’re around, magic will still have a place in our lives. 


  • October 6, 2016 
  • Museum of Commerce
  • 201 E. Zaragoza Street, Downtown Pensacola 
  • Reception: 5:30pm - 6pm 
  • Lecture: 6pm- 7pm 
The lecture is co-sponsored by the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities; the UWF Department of Philosophy; and the Kugelman Honors Program.
Experience UWF Downtown is free and open to the public. 

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