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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

Congratulations to this year’s student award and departmental scholarship winners
Posted on 18 April 2014 | 4:05 pm
A big congratulations to this ears student award and departmental scholarship winners: HSS Scholar: Stefan Koester Outstanding Student in Philosophy: Erica Lux and Joseph Suthers Tomo Cook Scholarship 2014 – 2015: Matthew Rabon and Rebbeca Stanley
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Profs. Boyle, Nadelhoffer, and Nunan to present at Pacific Division APA Meeting
Posted on 18 April 2014 | 11:07 am
Profs. Deborah Boyle, Thomas Nadelhoffer, and Richard Nunan will be presenting at the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division meeting this week. Prof. Deborah Boyle will be providing the commentary for the invited symposium, The Philosophy of Mary Astell. Prof. Thomas Nadelhoffer will be giving a talk as part of the invited symposium, The Philosophy and […]
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