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"The greatest ideas are the greatest events" (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Meet our Faculty

"One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman" (Simone de Beauvoir)

Advising Information

"The further we travel the more truth we can comprehend" (Hypatia)
The Legacy of Lehman College

Course Information

"Human nature was originally one and we were a whole, and the desire and pursuit of the whole is called love" (Plato)

How to Reach out for Advising

At Lehman, students have two kinds of advisors: (1) a general academic advisor who helps you with your overall degree and general education requirements, and (2) an advisor for your chosen major or minor. The Philosophy Department provides the second kind of advising: we advise students who are majors or minors in Philosophy, Disability Studies, or Reasoning and Exposition or wish to become majors or minors in one of these areas.

Schedule your appointment with a Philosophy advisor through Lehman Navigate, which is Lehman's advising system. Instructions for how to log into Navigate are available on that page.

If you have any other questions about the Philosophy major or minor, the Disability Studies minor or the Reasoning and Exposition minor, you can send a text to (929) 377-7080 (don't forget to include your name and EMPL ID), leave a voice message with your preferred phone number, name and EMPL ID at (718) 960-7111, or send an email with your name and EMPL ID number to Prof. Julie Maybee. Prof. Maybee will return your message as soon as possible during regular business hours.

Welcome to the Philosophy Department!

Welcome to the Department of Philosophy at Lehman College. In just four years, the department has changed considerably, with three new tenure-track faculty members, a new department chair, and a growing number of new adjunct faculty members. The range of our course offerings, and the number of our courses, has also increased. In the past two years alone, our number of majors has quadrupled. We also have more students adding a philosophy minor to their degree than ever before. Some of our students are pursuing careers in law and academia, and some are winning fellowships while still at Lehman. For more news about our students, see here.

What Is Philosophy?

Students in PHI 177 Philosophy of Contemporary Music
visit The Frick CollectionPhilosophy is the pursuit of wisdom about ourselves, others, and the world, through sustained reflection on general questions – what is the purpose of life? what is a just society? what is the nature of thought? what is truth? – that arise in the course of human experience. Philosophy is both a body of knowledge and a set of skills.

What Courses Do We Offer?

Giselle Mateo (¹16) and Maddy Sher (¹17) presenting their
					Honors Theses in Philosophy, May 23, 2016We offer courses in moral philosophy, global justice, and applied ethics; in political philosophy, social philosophy, and philosophy of law; in logic, philosophy of language, and philosophy of science; in theory of knowledge and philosophy of the social sciences; in history of philosophy from Ancient Greece to the 21st Century; in African philosophy and Asian philosophy; in existential philosophy and philosophy of religion ; in philosophy of music, philosophy of film, and aesthetics; and in many more areas. Please check out our course offerings here.

The Department offers two Philosophy majors and six Philosophy minors. More information about our majors and minors can be found here. The Department also offers a minor in Disability Studies. For more information about about the Disability Studies Program, see here.

Students may also write an Honors Thesis in Philosophy in their senior year, under the supervision of a professor, and give a public presentation of their work to the department. For examples of Honors Theses from previous years, see here.

Why Study Philosophy?

For YouTube videos about majoring in philosophy as well as more links to newspaper stories about how useful a philosophy degree actually is, see here.

Student Success

Lehman Student Maimuna DoulahMaimuna Doulah ('16), a Philosophy and English double major, has been accepted to CUNY School of Law School in the fall of 2017. She will continue to work as a Trial Prep Assistant for the Conviction Integrity Unit of the Bronx District Attorney's Office. For more news about Philosophy students, see here.