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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

CofC PhilosoFest – Friday 1/16/15 and Saturday 1/17/15 in 202 Tate Center
Posted on 15 December 2014 | 2:45 pm
Please join us for our first PhilosoFest – a mini conference featuring CofC Philosophy faculty presenting their own research and a keynote presentation by Prof. Valerie Tiberius of the University of Minnesota.
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Philosophy Grad Joseph Saei (’10) Discovers International Law, Human Rights
Posted on 4 September 2014 | 4:25 pm
Joseph (Yusuf) Saei ’10 fully leveraged his opportunities at the College of Charleston. Among other accomplishments, this philosophy major (with minors in French and communication) served internships in the arts world in New York City, won a grant to study abroad in Cairo, Egypt, published two essays in the College’s research journal Chrestomathy, and received […]
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Department Events

Jan 16, 2015 - All Day
A mini conference featuring CofC Philosophy faculty presenting their own research and a keynote presentation by Prof. Valerie Tiberius of the University of Minnesota.
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