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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.


Feminist Reading Group

Date posted: September 8th, 2014

Feminist Reading Group
Wednesdays, 7-9:00 pm
Clark Hall, Room 308
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]


New for Spring 2015

PHIL 330 -Topics in Ethics: Can ethics be scientific?
Anthony Jack, TR 1:15-2:30 p.m.

Speaker Series-Steven Vogel

Thursday, November 20th, at 4:30 PM in Clark 309- Steven Vogel of Denison University will be giving a talk through the Department of Philosophy’s Speaker Series on the critical evolution of Leopold’s land ethic. Vogel’s analytically clear work on the bases of environmental problems in failures of collective action has informed a novel and challenging position in the fields of environmental ethics and environmental social-political theory in which, among other things, Vogel has argued against the use of the category of nature as a useful category.

Annual Open House

The Philosophy Annual Open House will be on Thursday, November 20th at 11:30-1p.m. in Guilford House Lounge. Be Invited!