Remembering Marco Dees
It is with profound sadness that we report the death of Marco Dees on July 22 in a climbing accident in Grand Teton National Park. Marco came to Rutgers after studying philosophy at Saint Andrews. He wrote a dissertation on the metaphysics of quantities, space, and time, receiving his Ph.D. in 2015. Dean Zimmerman and Jonathan Schaffer were his co-advisors. He had begun to publish papers based on his thesis (in Thought and Pacific Philosophical Quarterly), and to teach, first at Bard College and then Vassar.
Marco was a beloved member of our community. He brought a kind, encouraging spirit to every conversation — philosophical or otherwise. His passing is an incalculable loss for all who knew him.
For information about memorial services, or to leave remembrances and pictures, please visit https://marco-dees.muchloved.com.
Welcome to the Philosophy Department
Inspired by Socrates' insight that the unexamined life is not worth living, philosophy seeks answers to fundamental questions such as: What is ultimately real? What is the nature and extent of our knowledge? What is the source and nature of our moral obligations? What form of government is the best? Is beauty only in the eye of the beholder? Our undergraduate program is designed to aid students in examining these questions, and in developing and defending their own answers in the arena of reasoned controversy.
Our majors advance to graduate study in many fields in addition to philosophy: law, medicine, business, education, journalism, and the sciences. Our graduate program prepares students for distinguished professional careers in philosophy, and has been consistently ranked among the top two programs nationally.
Philosophy both requires and fosters norms of civil, inclusive discourse. For more on our department's commitment to those norms, see here.