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

Young Charles Darwin

Jerusalem

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.

Jerusalem

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 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).

Panopticon

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).

Typhoid Inoculation

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).

Novelist Henry James

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).

Mountaintop Removal Mining
Welcome

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Department Head's Welcome

Greetings from Mississippi State’s Department of Philosophy and Religion! I welcome your interest in our department and encourage you to explore what our faculty and students achieve across campus and across the world.

Our planet is a dynamic place and it is often difficult to get a handle on what is happening and what it all means. The study of philosophy and the study of religion serve as systematic approaches to understanding and addressing these matters. Our faculty produce cutting-edge research into these issues and contribute to both local and global conversations. A brief look at a list of our publications will reveal a range of topics that may surprise you: consciousness, human language development, the nature of happiness, mountain top removal, the ethics of scientific research practices, Howard Thurman, whether neuroscience or psychology is the best discipline for studying the mind, the nature of the mathematical resources used in physics, Judeo-Christian ethics, how dance expresses artistic ideas, political genealogy, how machines and humans interact, just to name a few. Many people have little exposure to what the academic study of philosophy or religion looks like, but it has become increasingly interdisciplinary. It turns out that the “big” questions span many fields and areas of study, so if you want to pursue them responsibly, you have to learn how to integrate information and concepts from lots of sources.

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Contact Us

Email: info@philrel.msstate.edu
Phone: 662.325.2382
Fax: 662.325.3340
PO Box JS
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Campus Mail Stop 9577
Physical location:
George Hall,
Administrative Offices George Hall 1020



Department Contact

Department Head:
Robert Thompson
Email: jrt@philrel.msstate.edu

Business Coordinator:
Kelly Kolb
Email: kkolb@philrel.msstate.edu