A Message from the Chair, Dr. Michael Watkins

The reason for paying the exorbitant amounts charged by elite private colleges is that such schools commonly provide students with considerable amounts of individual attention from faculty with national reputations. The students do not simply take classes. They belong to learning communities where talented faculty and students learn from each other both in the classroom and in the halls. That is exactly the kind of education that our majors and minors receive. No department at Auburn provides a better education than the Philosophy Department. I invite you to spend some time with our website. Here you will find information about our faculty and our students, some of what they do together, and information about majoring in philosophy and what students do with a philosophy major or minor when they leave Auburn. We have students practicing law, practicing medicine, running businesses, studying for the ministry, working as journalists, and of course teaching philosophy. They will tell you how studying philosophy at Auburn helped them to be where they are today. And we will tell you how their studying at Auburn helped us to be where we are today.


  • A faculty of well-qualified, award-winning instructors committed to a high standard of teaching and involvement within the philosophical community.
  • One of the most active departments on campus. Faculty and invited speakers present papers at Auburn Philosophical Society meetings on a regular basis.
  • The department hosts an annual international philosophy conference.
  • The Philosophy Club is one of the most active student organizations on
    campus, affiliated with the honor society Phi Sigma Tau.
  • To encourage a high standard of writing, the department awards the Christopher Young Essay Prize in Philosophy each spring. The competition is open to any currently enrolled student.
  • Small class sizes (around 15 students) in upper division courses.
  • A special study room, the Lyceum, with computers, books, and journals where students meet and study.
  • A strong university tradition and student-friendly campus.
  • The Thinker   - New York Times article on Dr. Kelly Jolley!
  • Eric Marcus's book, Rational Causation, was recently published with Harvard University Press!
  • Keren Gorodeisky was the 2012-13 receipient of the Phillip Quinn Fellowship at the National Humanities Center.
  • Two lectures on the Idea of the University, by Kelly Jolley and Roderick Long.
  • The Kant Song: Immanuel Kant's transcendental deduction set to music!