Department News

Congratulations to Zachary Smith (M.A., expected 2020) for being the Philosophy Department's recipient of the Graduate School's 2020 Outstanding Graduate Student Award, in recognition of distinction in the area of scholarship.

Jacob Zimbelman (M.A., expected 2020) has been selected winner of the 2020 Rafalson Essay Contest for his essay "The Benefit of the Doubt and the Presumption of Trust." Congratulations, Jacob!

Congratulations to Maria Altepeter (M.A., 2014) for receiving the American Philosophical Association's 2020 Sanders Graduate Student Award for one of the three best papers submitted to the APA Eastern Division Meeting by a graduate student. Ms. Altepeter is currently a doctoral student at Washington University in St. Louis.

Congratulations to Devin Lane (M.A., expected 2020) for being selected recipient of the 2019 Myers Award for outstanding graduate student.

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Upcoming Events


Baron Reed, Northwestern University


March 20, 2020
3:00 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite


Richard Kim, Loyola University of Chicago

The Role of Negative Emotions in the Good Life: Reflections from Confucianism and Daoism

April 17, 2020
3:00 p.m., Stevens Building, Room 170A

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Contact Us

Department of Philosophy
Northern Illinois University
Zulauf Hall 915
DeKalb, IL 60115

Jessica Williams, Office Staff
Email: jwilliams4@niu.edu

Melinda Davis, Office Administrator
Email: ldavis@niu.edu

Undergraduate Advisor

Prof. Steve Daskal
Office: Zulauf 1026
Email: sdaskal@niu.edu

Graduate Advisor

Prof. Lenny Clapp
Office: Zulauf 903
Email: lclapp@niu.edu

Department Chair

David J. Buller
Email: buller@niu.edu