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Dr. Patrick Kain, Associate Professor of Philosophy, has focus on ethics and the history of modern philosophy. Dr. Kain incorporates understanding human nature and human dignity and the role they play in the foundations of ethics.


Philosophy offers the opportunity to pursue studies in both traditional and contemporary areas of philosophical inquiry. There are faculty working in the history of philosophy from antiquity to the present, and in most areas of contemporary Anglo-American and Continental European philosophy. Faculty members have held research fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Humanities Center.

What's Next


While some students who major in Philosophy choose to become a professional philosopher, many other students choose to pursue a career in a field that is directly or indirectly-related to their studies. Student experiences have included:

  • District Scheduler
  • Marketing and Operations Associate
  • Account Clerk
  • Policy Service Representative
  • Sales
  • Media Assistant
  • Advertiser

Possible careers could include:

  • Analyst
  • Lawyer
  • Manager
  • Professor
  • Editor


All Purdue University College of Liberal Arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to professional success: communicating and listening well, an understanding and appreciation of diverse points of view, creative thinking and problem solving, a collaborative mindset, the ability to synthesize complex ideas and communicate them clearly, and a Boilermaker work ethic.

Within the field of Philosophy, students develop skills that are applicable to many different careers. These skills may include, but are not limited to:

  • analyzing important philosophical problems, both contemporary and perennial
  • writing and reflecting on ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, language, politics, and religion
  • examining the writings of influential philosophers of the past and present to determine their influence on the broader society and culture
  • scrutinizing influential writings to challenge hidden assumptions and presuppositions​

What's Next

Philosophy majors may choose to enter into the workforce using the skills they have acquired at Purdue. They may otherwise choose to attend graduate school to either continue their degree or master in a field related to the skills they have gained from their liberal arts education. Past graduates have gone on to:

Philosophy is suitable as a major for pre-professional students, and it can be an ideal major for those planning to enter law school.

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