Philosophy Department


The only stand alone department of Philosophy at an HBCU.

Department Chair:

Dr. Jacoby Carter
Phone: (202)806-6811

Locke Hall Room 226
2441 6th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20059

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As the only stand alone department of philosophy at an HBCU, our department offers a pluralistic approach to philosophy unique in its ability to provide students with a comprehensive program of study in Africana Philosophy, as well as traditional areas of philosophy.

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Upcoming Undergraduate Diversity Institutes in Philosophy!

If you are a student from a background underrepresented in philosophy who is interested in pursuing further study in Philosophy, we encourage you to apply to an Undergraduate Diversity Institute in Philosophy! Diversity institutes support students as they hone their philosophical interests, become part of a community, and gain insight into the graduate admissions process. Read the Article

Alain Leroy Locke

Philosopher, Founder & Former Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Howard University

All philosophies, it seems to me, are in ultimate derivation philosophies of life and not of abstract, disembodied “objective” reality; products of time, place and situation, and thus systems of timed history rather than timeless eternity. They need not even be so universal as to become the epitomized rationale of an age, but may merely be the lineaments of a personality, its temperament and dispositional attitudes projected into their systematic rationalizations. But no conception of philosophy, however relativistic, however opposed to absolutism, can afford to ignore the question of ultimate or abandon what has been so aptly though skeptically termed the quest for certainty.