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Young Charles Darwin

Portrait of the young Charles Darwin (1809-1882), author of On the Origin of Species (1859), developing the theory of evolution by natural selection. The department has research and teaching interests and strengths in philosophy and history of science (Kallfelz, Holt), especially biology (Moffatt), neuroscience (Bickle), and the cognitive sciences including linguistics (Thompson, Bruno, Spewak), and in dialogues between science and religion (Edelmann).

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Jerusalem

The city of Jerusalem, rich in historical and religious significance. The department has faculty with teaching interests in Christina theology (Bisson) and offers a Religion concentration in its major, popular with students aspiring to seminary or with interests in religious scholarship.

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Panopticon

Diagram of a cell in British philosopher and social reformer Jeremy Bentham’s (1748-1832) Panopticon, a hypothetical prison developed and proposed by Bentham in 1785. The design permitted an observer to watch (-opticon) all (pan-) prisoners, without the prisoners being able to tell when they were being watched. The department has research and teaching interests and strengths in the philosophy of law and social and political philosophy (Clifford, Bickle).

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Radha-Krishna from Maharastra

A 17th century painting of Radha-Krishna (combination of masculine and feminine aspects of God) from Maharastra. Department faculty have research and teaching interests in world religions (Edelmann, Bisson), especially Hinduism.

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Typhoid Inoculation

Dr. Schreiber of San Augustine, Texas, giving a typhoid inoculation at a rural school in San Augustine County, Texas, April 1943. Department faculty offer classes and publish research in bio-medical ethics (Moffatt) and business ethics (Clifford), and have taken the lead in campus-wide efforts in Responsible Conduct of Research instruction (Moffatt).

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Aristotle

Famous bust of Aristotle (384-322 BCE), one of the perennial figures in the history of western philosophy. Department faculty have research and teaching interests in the history of philosophy, especially ancient philosophy (Holt, Trullinger), Kant and German idealism (Trullinger), and the philosophy of history (Holt).

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Mountaintop Removal Mining

The result of mountaintop removal coal mining, Kayford Mountain, West Virginia. Department faculty have research and teaching interests in religion and the environment (Witt) and environmental ethics (Kallfelz), and in American religious culture (Witt).

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Welcome




Department Head's Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Mississippi State University! We're a dynamic, active group of philosophers and religion scholars, with research and teaching strengths in philosophy of the life and cognitive sciences, applied ethics, recent Continental thought, the history of philosophy, the Christian and Hindu religious traditions, and the interactions between science and religion. Every faculty member pursues an active research program, which informs his or her classroom teaching. This is an exciting time in the long histories of philosophy and religious studies. Both disciplines have grown self-consciously "interdisciplinary" over the past few decades, and the philosophers and religious scholars that compose our department specialize in a number of these fields that cross multiple disciplinary boundaries (neuroscience, biology, medicine, cultural studies, politics).

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Contact Us

Phone: 662.325.2382
Fax: 662.325.3340
PO Box JS
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Campus Mail Stop 9577
Physical location:
Etheredge Hall, second floor;
administrative offices Etheredge 228



Department Contact

Department Head:
John Bickle
Email: jbickle@philrel.msstate.edu