Strengths of the Program
Emory’s graduate program in Philosophy produces teachers and scholars who address living questions through perspectives grounded in a broad and systematic understanding of the history of philosophy. We welcome a diversity of approaches to the study of philosophy, including: analytic, continental, historical, literary, multicultural, and pragmatic. Above all, we prepare our graduate students to make scholarly contributions in their areas of expertise and to become responsible members of the philosophical community.
In keeping with the tradition of the distinguished Emory philosophers Charles Hartshorne and Leroy E. Loemker, our department has both historical and systematic interests. We are particularly strong in four areas, where regular courses and seminars are complemented by informal reading groups.
History of Philosophy
The Emory faculty covers all of the canonical periods in the history of philosophy: Greek and Roman antiquity; the Middle Ages; the Renaissance; early and late modern philosophy; eighteenth and nineteenth-century philosophy; and twentieth-century philosophy.
Several faculty members conduct research and teach in various areas associated with Continental philosophy, including: critical theory, deconstruction, existentialism, feminism, genealogical inquiry, German Idealism, hermeneutics, phenomenology, postmodernism, and psychoanalysis.
Culture, Social Theory, and Value
The Emory program also features expertise in the areas of aesthetics, ethics, philosophy of culture, philosophy of literature, philosophy of social science, and social and political philosophy.
Emory’s Philosophy faculty also contains expertise in the areas of transcendentalism, classical pragmatism, and neo-pragmatism.