Statement of the Department of Philosophy - April 24, 2024

The Philosophy Department is concerned for the safety, academic progress, and rights of our students. We condemn all forms of hate speech, harassment, and incitements to violence. We also regard it as quite implausible that erecting a tent on a lawn constitutes a clear and present danger, and we urge the lifting of suspensions of students whose charges stem from that act. Thus we support the joint statement by the Columbia and Barnard Chapters of the American Association of University Professors and the letter from the Columbia College Student Council. We want President Shafik to succeed, and for mutual trust between all parties on campus to be regained. Such success and trust requires visible engagement by the President and Trustees with the procedures of faculty governance.

Philosophy at Columbia University

Home to a distinguished tradition of philosophical research and teaching, the Department of Philosophy at Columbia University provides a comprehensive academic atmosphere for pursuing advanced study in a wide range of philosophical subjects and methods—systematic, analytic, and historical. The Department has a faculty with an unusually broad range of interests and areas of expertise that span the main periods of the history of western philosophy and nearly every major area of contemporary philosophical debate.

Department News

May 15, 2024

Congratulations to the Class of 2024!

The Department of Philosophy congratulates its BA, MA, and PhD graduates for all their hard work and achievements.

Departmental Honors:
Peter Guo (GS)
Soham Mehta (CC)
Rebekah Seow (GS)
Kyla Tang (CC)
April Wang (CC)

Adam Leroy Jones Prize:
Zimu Zhang (CC)

James Gutmann Prize:
Cassady Marion (CC)

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