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Welcome to philosophy at Otago!

Philosophers ask fundamental questions about the nature of the world, our place in it, moral standards, methods of reasoning, minds, language, and more. Philosophy is the systematic attempt to answer questions like these, rigorously and analytically.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of studying philosophy is the satisfaction that comes from understanding, from thinking clearly about fundamental issues. This makes the study of philosophy its own reward.

A degree in philosophy is also an excellent entry-point to a wide range of careers. As the Wall Street Journal recently pointed out, the salaries and salary increases earned by those with philosophy degrees compare very favourably to those earned by students of other subjects.

For more on the discipline of philosophy, the philosophy papers on offer at Otago, and careers available to graduates, explore our website — or come by to see us in person!


Andrew Moore to participate in Marsden project. [READ MORE]

2016 Taylor Fellow and Taylor Lecturer announced. [READ MORE]

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