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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

Women in Philosophy
Posted on 10 April 2015 | 11:09 am
Women continue to be under-represented in the discipline of philosophy; for example, only about 30% of PhDs in philosophy are awarded to women.  To address this problem at the local level, students and faculty decided to create a new student organization – Women in Philosophy (WiP).  According to the Rebecca Stanley, president of WiP, the group was […]
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Recent Alumni Attending Graduate School
Posted on 10 April 2015 | 11:04 am
Because philosophy is excellent preparation for graduate school, quite a few of our alums attend graduate school – some in philosophy, some in other fields.  Here is the latest news on alumni pursuing graduate work. Adam Briskin-Limehouse (‘06) served in the Peace Corps in Suriname and is now working toward a Masters in Public Policy […]
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