Philosophy

Discipline

Literally translated to ‘love of wisdom’, Philosophy asks some of life’s most fundamental questions. Who are you? What do you know? How do you know what you know? If you value questions as well as answers, a career in philosophy is for you.

Get work-ready

Studying philosophy not only involves asking the big questions, it teaches important skills. Philosophy at Deakin asks questions about the nature of reality, truth and knowledge, meaning, the existence of God, personal identity, the good in ethical and political life, and the value and power of art. At the same time, it fosters the development of skills in critical and creative thinking, argumentation, communication, problem-solving and research.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.

Research

Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

A unique cross-disciplinary perspective

Our teaching and research philosophers have diverse expertise and interests, ranging from analytic to Eastern philosophy. We nurture a culture of cross-disciplinary learning.

Expand your world view

Study overseas to immerse yourself in a different culture, pick up a new language and build a global network.

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Career opportunities

Philosophy at Deakin will equip you with a broad range of specialised and general skills, like critical reasoning. You’ll find these skills useful for any job or field that requires decision-making abilities or considered thought, including:

  • academia – teaching philosophy
  • business roles in corporate and multinationals
  • creative advertising
  • diplomat
  • historian
  • journalist
  • judge
  • lawyer
  • linguist
  • politician
  • photographer, filmmaker, painter, author
  • public policymaker within government departments
  • teaching at high schools.

Research with us

A higher degree by research in philosophy at Deakin covers a wide range of topics – from personal identity to existentialism. Deakin philosophers form the nucleus of the Philosophy and the History of Ideas research group (in the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation), which is one of the largest centres of its kind in Victoria.

Recent Deakin research

Online interactions with the dead
Patrick Stokes is working on a project that considers the ethical implications of increasingly common practices of online memorialisation and commemoration.  

Reinventions of philosophy as a way of life
Matthew Sharpe’s project involves a monograph and an edited book series on modern thinkers who have tried to reanimate the classical idea of philosophy as a way of life.

Learn more about researching with us

Discover philosophy at Deakin

Dr. Patrick Stokes talks about studying philosophy, the unique way it’s taught at Deakin, and how it can benefit your career as well as add value to your life.

Philosophy@Deakin

Our philosophy blog showcases some of the great work our philosophers at Deakin are doing including recent research.

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Who has studied philosophy?

You may be surprised at some of the leading figures in politics, business, the arts and entertainment who studied philosophy:

  • Wes Anderson (filmmaker)
  • Stephen Colbert (comedian and TV host)
  • Lana Del Rey (singer-songwriter)
  • Al Gore (former US vice-president and environmental activist)
  • Ricky  Gervais (comedian)
  • Reid Hoffman (co-founder of LinkedIn)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. (civil rights activist)
  • Aung San Suu Kyi (Burmese state counsellor and rights activist)
  • Bruce Lee (martial artist)
  • Terence Malik (filmmaker)
  • Steve Martin (comedian, actor, musician)
  • Lachlan Murdoch (businessman)
  • Larry Sanger (co-founder of Wikipedia)
  • Carly Fiorina (former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, presidential candidate)
  • David Foster Wallace (author).

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