Message from the chair
Thank you for your interest in supporting the Department of Philosophy. A gift to Philosophy is a gift that matters — one that recognizes the value of inquiry into the fundamental questions and the importance of encouraging the habits of clear and critical reflection. In a world where these values are not always recognized, we are especially grateful for your support.
Whatever contribution you may be able to make, I thank you on behalf of the entire Philosophy community at UF.
Dr. John Palmer, Department Chair
Ways of giving
Tax-deductible donations to Philosophy can be made online or by mail (see below). If you are interested in supporting something of special interest and setting up a fund just for that activity, please contact our Department Chair. We would like to talk about the possibilities.
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You may also mail your donations to:
University of Florida Foundation
Gainesville, Florida 32614-2425
If sending a donation through the mail, please indicate the fund that you wish to support on the memo line of your check. The Philosophy General Fund is fund #001233.
Gifts that matter
Contributions to the department’s general fund help support a variety of student and faculty programs in the department, including several designed to enhance the academic opportunities and experiences of students at the University of Florida. Supported activities and groups include:
- The Undergraduate Philosophy Society, affectionately known as “PhilSoc”. This group meets weekly during the regular fall and spring semesters and has been recently successful in arranging a visit and talk by a well-known philosopher of their own choosing; it promises to continue to grow and provide an important venue for philosophical discussion not limited to the classroom.
- The Southeastern Graduate Philosophy conference, attracting young philosophers from across the nation to Gainesville for a productive airing of arguments and results.
- The department’s Colloquium Series, bringing established philosophers to Gainesville to share their current work and test it against the critical audience assembled in Griffin-Floyd.
- Honor awards and essay competitions for students, including the annual essay contest in honor of the famous ethicist R. M. Hare, prizes for the best graduate student paper, and the Ellen Haring award for excellence in academic work combined with service to the greater community.
- The annual Food and Talk event, a community-building tradition since 1996, aimed at bringing together majors, minors, and other interested parties in a relaxed and engaging forum.