Mission Statement

Mission statement of the Department of philosophy

The Philosophy Department commits to embody the University of Louisville’s mission of excellence in research, teaching, and community engagement while championing equity across these domains. Our faculty members actively participate in the global academic community, conducting research, publishing their findings, and presenting their work to scholars, professionals, and the broader community. We are committed to both modeling and nurturing philosophical inquiry and its associated skills. These include critically examining our beliefs, engaging in constructive dialogues, and pursuing the best arguments and evidence. We work to foster – in both our students and the broader community – the valuable skills of evaluating beliefs and gaining deeper insights into our world. Through these efforts, we seek to empower individuals to lead more purposeful and reflective lives. By advancing these goals and cultivating these practices, our department seeks to equip students to contribute to their communities, their societies, and the world.

(revised September 2023)