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Mackinac Hall B3-105
Allendale, Michigan 49401
Tel (616) 331-2114
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Welcome to the Philosophy Department

The Department of Philosophy is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences  and offers both a Major and a Minor in Philosophy.

The Department counts 22 full-time faculty members working in a variety of specialties.

The Department's international faculty is made of active scholars who are committed to undergraduate education. They are at Grand Valley to share their expertise in a wide variety of philosophical schools, national traditions, historical periods, and specialized areas of philosophical work.

The curriculum is designed to provide a foundation of solid understanding of the history of philosophy, but also to encourage students to pursue work in their own areas of interest. Formal coursework is only one part of the Philosophy student's education. Since inquiry and study are most fruitful when conducted in a vital community of fellow scholars, the Department is committed to offering a number of excellent learning opportunities that go beyond traditional classroom structures.


Course Offerings Fall 2017 and Winter 2018

Use the following link or click navigation tab on the left entitled Course Offerings for a list of Philosophy 200-400 courses: current-course-offerings-2017-18-108.htm


Colloquium Series and Calendar of Events

All are invited to attend our series of colloquium presentations by GVSU faculty and guests. Click link for Winter 2018 Colloquium schedule. Colloquium Winter 2018

For details on most current Colloquium Event, go to Event tab and choose Upcoming Colloquium on drop down.

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Deadline for Student Call for Papers

Sixth Annual Calvin-GVSU Undergraduate Conference Call for Papers!




This Year’s Conference


Friday April 20 and Saturday April 21


Call for Papers 2018 

Submission Deadline: February 18, 2018

Key Note Speaker

Margaret Atherton

(University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) 


This year we are very pleased to have Professor 

Margaret Atherton, expert in early modern philosophy, philosophy of psychology, and feminist historian, as our keynote speaker. Here keynote will be delivered the evening of April 20 and is entitled: 


Innateness Then: 
What Locke Thought About Innate Ideas


Undergraduates working in all areas of philosophy are encouraged to submit. Full paper requirements and submission details are in the conference 

CFP 2018.


This year’s conference will take place at Grand Valley State’s Downtown Campus, the Pew Campus. Details to follow.



Full information and CFP available at the following links!