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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. Sally Haslanger giving a talk “Narrative and Social Justice” Thursday, 3/19/15 at 6:30pm in Alumni Memorial Hall
Posted on 27 February 2015 | 9:51 am
Prof. Sally Haslanger, Ford Professor of Philosophy & Womens and Gender Studies at MIT will be presenting her talk Narrative and Social Justice on Thursday, 3/19/15 at 6:30pm in Alumni Memorial Hall of Randolph Hall. Narrative and Social Justice – Recent work on social injustice has focused on implicit bias as an important factor in […]
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Profs. Nadelhoffer and Timpe have started a new blog “Discrimination and Disadvantage”. Prof. McKinnon will serve as a regular contributor
Posted on 26 February 2015 | 1:24 pm
Professors Thomas Nadelhoffer and Kevin Timpe (Northwest Nazerene University_) have started a new blog Disability and Disadvantage to provide a “space for philosophical reflection on various kinds of disadvantage (e.g., discrimination based on racism, classism, sexism, hetero-sexism, ableism, and the intersectionality of these and related phenomena) as well as discussion of such disadvantage within the philosophical […]
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Department Events

Mar 19, 2015 - 6:30 pm
The Coastal Conservation League and the Dept. of Philosophy invite all to a lecture "Narrative and Social Justice" by Prof. Sally Haslanger, Ford Professor of Philosophy Womens and Gender Studies at...
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