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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

2015 GraduationCongratulations to our Newest Alumni!

On a beautiful spring day (May 16), nine philosophy majors walked across the Cistern to receive their diplomas and join the ranks of CofC alumni.  (Four additional students completed their degrees, but chose not to attend the commencement ceremonies).  It is a privilege to be able to teach such fine young men and women.  Congratulations to our 2015 graduates and award winners!

Department News

Prof. Baker To Speak at James Madison University
Posted on 3 September 2015 | 12:40 pm
Professor Jennifer Baker will be delivering a speech on Visible Hands: Virtue and the Market at James Madison University on September 16 at 5:30 in the evening.
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Prof. Nadelhoffer To Give Keynote Address
Posted on 3 September 2015 | 12:36 pm
Professor Thomas Nadelhoffer will be speaking at the Buffalo Annual Experimental Philosophy Conference at the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, NY on September 11th & 12th.
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Department Events

Dec 2, 2015 - 8:00 pm
Dr. Carmela Epright of Furman and USC will present on mental health and mass shootings.
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