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 (Thompson, Bruno), moral psychology (Wylie).



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



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 whether they were being watched.
The department has research and teaching interests and strengths in the philosophy of law (Clifford, Hall) and social and political philosophy generally (Clifford, Bickle).


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 in Bio-medical Ethics (Moffatt, Hall) and Business Ethics (Clifford, Kallfelz), and have taken the lead in campus-wide efforts in Responsible Conduct of Research instruction (Moffatt).


Novelist Henry James

(1843-1916), younger brother of philosopher and psychologist William James, whose literary style in later works has been compared to impressionistic painting Department faculty have research interests in philosophy of art and aesthetics (Boyce).


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).


State in Greece

This Maymester (2017), the department is offering Ancient Greece and the Birth of Reason (PHI 2990). Faculty and students will spend 16 days in Greece and visit the site of the ancient Olympic Games, the Temple of Apollo, the Acropolis, Plato's Academy, Aristotle's Lyceum, and other ancient sites in this spectacular country. For more information contact Danielle Wylie .


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).


Contact Us

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

Department Contact

Department Head:
John Bickle