Philosophy Department

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Welcome to the University of South Alabama Philosophy Department

The Philosophy Department at USA offers an outstanding opportunity to receive a broad, intellectually stimulating education in a small, supportive, and friendly department.

Philosophy is a discipline that uses logic and reasoning to investigate issues such as the nature of reality, the nature of knowledge, possible reasons for or against the existence of God, ethical rights and obligations, and many other topics. Philosophy students learn how to objectively examine others' beliefs, to construct thorough arguments of their own, and to interpret complex information. As such, the philosophy major is a superb way to prepare yourself for a professional career. Philosophy majors consistently score at or near the top of the entrance examinations for law school, medical school, business school, and graduate school.

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Department News

Fall, 2016

The philosophy department is thrilled to announce a successful conclusion to our tenure track search.  Dr. Anne Jeffrey will be joining our department in Fall 2016.  Dr. Jeffrey has teaching experience in ethics, applied ethics, political and social philosophy, philosophy of law, and ancient philosophy. Her main research focuses on moral reasons and virtues. She wrote a dissertation defending a mind-dependent account of moral reasons, and she is currently writing about moral virtues that aid us in the process of moral development, such as hope and faith.  Dr. Jeffrey is also interested in issues relating political authority with religious tolerance. 

Summer, 2015

Sad Loss: The Philosophy Department is very sorry to report that Dr. John Coker, Associate Professor and Chair from 2001-2015, passed away unexpectedly on July 21st, 2015. Under Dr. Coker's leadership, the Department expanded the number of majors by four times, and added concentrations in Classics and Religion. Dr. Coker taught philosophy to thousands of students and was a wonderful colleague and teacher. We will all miss him.

Retirement of Dr. Susan Youngblood. Dr. Susan Youngblood, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, retired on May 15, 2015 after a wonderful 49 years of service to the USA Philosophy Department. During her career, Dr. Youngblood helped to establish the Department, taught many thousands of students, and raised over $3 million in scholarship and support money for the University, including creating several Philosophy Department scholarships. We all wish her and her husband Bill a happy and relaxing retirement. 

The philosophy department is thrilled to announce a successful conclusion to the new classics position.  Dr. Samuel Baker (Princeton) will be joining our department in Fall 2015.  Dr. Baker works on Aristotle.  

The Annual Orange Beach Epistemology Workshop will be May 18th and 19th, 2015.  This year's topic is inference to the best explanation.

We are pleased to announce that a new minor in Religion has been officially approved! Details are now available in the 2013-14 University Bulletin

Philosophy majors top GRE scores again!
In 2013, Philosophy majors once again were the highest-scoring major on the Graduate Record Examination, which is the test required by most graduate schools. Philosophy majors were once again second on the Law School Admissions Test (behind Physics/Math combined). Our majors do extremely well on professional and graduate school admissions.