Established in 1853, the Philosophy program has fostered generations of outstanding students and researchers.

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Many of our brightest students have gone on to have a major international impact on philosophy, including David Armstrong, Frank Jackson, Mark Johnston, Kate Manne and Peter Singer. Others have gone on to distinguish themselves in the arts, government and other areas of public life.

Our research strengths, ranging from ethical and political philosophy to philosophy of language and logic, have been recognised as among the best in the world. Our research is supported in part by the Barry Taylor and David Lewis Philosophy Fund, which commemorates the strong friendship of the influential metaphysician and distinguished philosopher.

We offer undergraduate and graduate research degrees, including, Honours, Masters and PhD, to give students at every level the opportunity to advance their expertise in this vibrant discipline.

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Philosophy involves the critical examination of big questions – foundational questions – about the nature of the world and our place in it. Follow your curiosity and advance your knowledge in Philosophy with our undergraduate and graduate programs. Find out more about our:

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Banner image: Ian North b. 1945
The World is All that is Not the Case (detail), 2006
Synthetic polymer and pigment ink on canvas
Canvas 140.0 x 405.0 cm
The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Commissioned by the Department of Philosophy, 2006.