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Fall 2020 Welcome Message


The Department of Philosophy welcomes all new and returning students to the 2020-2021 Academic Year.

We know that this is an especially stressful time for students and their families, both because of the ongoing pandemic and because of recent events that make vivid existing injustices in America. We very much appreciate your decision to continue your education with us, and we remain as committed as ever to helping you reach your educational goals.

Many of us have had to become accustomed to increased levels of isolation, and while our classes are entirely online for the Fall 2020 semester, we hope they can be a place to convene, collaborate, and connect with everyone in the philosophy community here at UF. Pursuing important questions with others in a cooperative and honest environment can help us all feel connected even when physically distanced.

Staying Connected

Despite the challenges of the current environment, we are committed to developing and maintaining connections between students, faculty, and staff. Below, please find a variety of links, resources, and tips to stay connected with both the Philosophy Department and the broader philosophy community at UF. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!

Stay connected with Faculty

All philosophy faculty hold regularly-scheduled office hours over Zoom. Information about these may be found on their Faculty pages. Many faculty are available to make appointments at other times as well.

Stay connected with Advising

For advising related to philosophy, feel free to get in touch with the department’s Undergraduate Coordinator. The coordinator for the 2020-2021 academic year is Dr. Gene Witmer. You may reach him by email with questions about the major, minor, or undergraduate curriculum generally. His office hours for Fall 2020 are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00pm – 4:30pm, and are held over Zoom at this link.

For advising related to other courses or degree requirements, visit the Advising Center. They can help with questions about other sorts of degree requirements.

Some commonly used forms you may need are:

Stay connected with other students

If you are pursuing philosophy, you may be interested in connecting with one of the two student groups focused on philosophy:

Outside of philosophy, of course, there are many, many student groups that you might find of interest. Here is some general information on student activities and events, and here is a list of student organizations.

Stay connected with the UF philosophy community

The Department of Philosophy will be holding several virtual talks and events this semester, to which all students are invited. This includes a virtual “Food and Talk” event—though we cannot actually provide food this time! Information about all these events will be posted on the department website, so check back frequently to see what is coming up!

Stay connected with resources for health news and your well-being