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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 PortraitRachel McKinnon
Assistant Professor

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Rachel McKinnon to the College.  Rachel earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy and a Certificate in University Teaching from the University of Waterloo (Canada).  She earned her MA in Philosophy from Dalhousie University and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Victoria.  Rachel’s areas of specialization are in epistemology and the philosophy of language.

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Department News

Prof. McKinnon is an invited speaker at the third annual Davis Extravaganza Philosophy Conference (DEX3) at the University of California-Davis
Posted on 30 March 2015 | 11:02 am
Prof. Rachel McKinnon is a invited speaker at the third annual Davis Extravaganza Philosophy Conference (DEX3) at the University of California-Davis from March 29 – 30, 2015.
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Profs. Baker, Coseru, Hough, Krasnoff, and Nunan will be speaking at the American Philosophical Society Western Division Meeting
Posted on 30 March 2015 | 10:54 am
Prof. Jennifer Baker will be proving commentary for the “Happiness” Symposium. Prof. Christian Cosery will be speaking at the symposium centering on his book Perceiving Reality: Consciousness, Intentionality, and Cognition in Buddhist Philosophy. Prof. Sheridan Hough will be providing commentary for the Heidegger Colloquium. Prof. Larry Krasnoff will be presenting his paper On the (Supposed) […]
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