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Department of Philosophy

Philosophy is an exciting and challenging discipline because it focuses on some of the deepest and most intractable questions humans face:  Is there any objective standard of moral rightness?  Does God exist?  Do humans have free will?  The methods philosophers use to tackle these questions – imaginative “thought experiments” and rigorous analysis of arguments – help students to build skills that are essential to a liberal arts education.  The department has an accomplished faculty that is dedicated to undergraduate teaching.  We offer a comprehensive major as well as wide range of introductory courses that allow non-majors to explore philosophy.

Department Spotlight

Clifton PortraitScott Clifton
Visiting Assistant Professor

Please welcome Dr. Clifton to the College!  Scott has a BA in literature from the University of North Carolina-Asheville (2000), a BA in philosophy from Auburn University (2003), an MA in philosophy from Georgia State University (2005), and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Washington-Seattle (2013). Read more

Department News

Prof. Baker giving a paper at the Association of Private Enterprise Education annual meeting
Posted on 10 April 2014 | 5:49 am
Prof. Jennifer Baker will be presenting a paper, “Virtue and Civic Liberty: Past Actions and Present Requirements” at the annual meeting of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, April 14th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Professor Coseru invited to speak at Marquette University
Posted on 8 April 2014 | 4:10 pm
Professor Coseru will deliver a talk, “A Buddhist View of Cognitive Phenomenology” at Marquette University as part of the “Self-Awareness and Subjectivity in Consciousness: Buddhist and Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives” workshop, on Tuesday, April 10, 2014.
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