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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

Profs. Nadelhoffer and Wright to present at the Internation Neuroethics Society conference
Posted on 27 August 2014 | 11:27 am
Professors Thomas Nadelhoffer and Jennifer Wright will be presenting a poster, “Enhancement, the Self, and the Lottery of Life” at the International Neuroethics Society annual meeting in Washington, DC on 11/13 and 11/14.
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Prof. Baker presenting at the Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress
Posted on 8 August 2014 | 3:12 pm
Prof. Jennifer Baker will be presenting the commentary on “Self Love and Moral Agency” for the Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress at the University of Colorado, Boulder 8/7 – 8/10.
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