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Department of Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy offers an undergraduate major leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. It also offers minor programs for undergraduates as well as graduate-level courses for candidates for the Master of Arts degree in such fields as biomedical ethics, history, English, mathematics and the sciences.

The department’s course offerings are designed not only to provide knowledge and skills required for students whose main interest is in philosophy, but also to educate students in general about the intellectual issues that a reflective person is likely to encounter in various contexts of civilized life. The department emphasizes the relevance of philosophy to mathematics, computer science, the natural sciences, the social sciences, the humanities and arts, and law.

The major program in philosophy, besides offering a solid foundation for advanced study in philosophy and enriching programs in other disciplines, develops the skills for analytical and critical thinking, effective communication, and rational decision making needed in a wide range of endeavors. The program thus provides majors with unusual flexibility in the choice of subsequent careers, including law, medicine, and management, while complementing the pursuit of career objectives with a greater perspective and a richer quality of intellectual life.


Philosophy and Film Screenings

Date posted: February 25th, 2015

Film Screenings are at 7 p.m., Wednesdays in the Inamori Ethics Center, 280 Tinkham Veale University Center

February 18th  Chris Marker, La Jettee (1962)
March 4th Andrei Tarkovsky, Stalker  (1979)
March 18th Alain Resnais, Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
April 1st Luis Bunuel The Exterminating Angel (1962)
April 15th Ingmar Bergman, The Seventh Seal (1957) […Read more]

Feminist Reading Group

Date posted: February 1st, 2015

Feminist Reading Group
Thursdays, 6-8 pm
Clark Hall, Room 210
Contact: Anne van Leeuwen
Description of the Group
The idea of this reading group is to provide a space to critically discuss important issues in contemporary feminism—feminism understood at once as a theoretical discourse and a political practice. One of the central concerns of this group is the relationship between feminism and other emancipatory struggles, and this concern underlies each of the themes that we will take up: Labor, […Read more]


Senior Lunch and Capstone

Please be invited to our annual senior lunch.  Celebrating the achievements of our majors! Students will present their capstone research in philosophy.

April 28, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Clark Hall, 206


New for Spring 2015

Philosophy and Film Screenings

On the Concept of Time

Film Screenings are at 7 p.m., Wednesdays in the Inamori Ethics Center, 280 Tinkham Veale University Center