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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 News

Prof. Hettinger to present “Defending Aesthetic Protectionism” at Indiana University
Posted on 27 April 2016 | 4:12 pm
May 12-14, 2016 Prof. Ned Hettinger will be in Bloomington at Indiana University for the Environmental Ethics and Aesthetics Conference presenting “Defending Aesthetic Protectionism.”
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Helen Longino is giving a talk, “Putting Social Epistemology of Science Into Practice”, on Thursday 4/14/16 at 6:30 pm in Alumni Hall
Posted on 8 April 2016 | 2:42 pm
Helen Longino, Clarence Irving Lewis Professor of Philosophy, Stanford University Thursday, 4/14/16 at 6:30pm in Alumni Memorial Hall Sponsored by the SC Coastal Conservation League and the Department of Philosophy The role of background assumptions in determining the evidential relevance of observational data to hypotheses seems to put claims for scientific objectivity in jeopardy. What […]
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