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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.


Library Research Workshop

Date posted: April 15th, 2014

On Monday, April 21 at 4 pm, in Clark 110, Research Librarian Mark Eddy will present another workshop on library research tactics in philosophy and affiliated humanities disciplines.  He will discuss the card catalog, online databases available only through KSL such as Philosopher’s Index, and the pluses and minuses of search engines like Google or […]

Testing Structural Realism

Date posted: April 1st, 2014

Testing Structural Realism June 13-15, 2014 Baker Nord Center for the Humanities, Clark 206

Integrity Project

Date posted: March 11th, 2014

Professor Jeremy Bendik-Keymer is an invited speaker to the Einstein Forum June 4-6, 2014 for the Integrity Project’s conference on Saints and Madmen: Integrity at its limits. His talk will be called “Integrity as a Point of Disappearance”.


Philosophy Major Celebration! April 29, 2014 at 11:30-1 p.m. in Clark Hall, 206


Speaker Series April 2014