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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, read a short leaflet, explore our website — or come by to see us in person!


Careers event for philosophy students 21 September 2017. [READ MORE]

Applications invited: Alan Musgrave Master's scholarship in philosophy 2017. [READ MORE]

Placement success for recent PhD and MA students. [READ MORE]

Kourken Michaelian's edited book has just been published by OUP. [READ MORE]

Greg Dawes' latest book has just been published by Routledge. [READ MORE]

Congratulations to our 2015 student prize winners! [READ MORE]