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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. McKinnon to Speak at Rutgers University
Posted on 9 February 2016 | 7:54 pm
Prof. Rachel McKinnon will be giving a lecture at Rutgers University Allies Behaving Badly: Gaslighting as Epistemic Injustice on Thursday, February 11th.
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Philosophy Major Mathew Rabon presenting at the Eastern Division of the American Society for Aesthetics
Posted on 2 February 2016 | 4:01 pm
Philosophy major Mathew Rabon will be presenting his paper, “A Social Ontology of Art,” at the annual conference for the Eastern Division of the American Society for Aesthetics in Philadelphia on April 16. His paper was anonymized (along with papers from professors and graduate students) and professionally reviewed before selection. Congratulations, Matt!
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