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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 PortraitScott Clifton
Visiting Assistant Professor

Please welcome Dr. Clifton to the College!  Scott has a BA in literature from the University of North Carolina-Asheville (2000), a BA in philosophy from Auburn University (2003), an MA in philosophy from Georgia State University (2005), and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Washington-Seattle (2013). Read more

Department News

Profs. Hough and Coseru to present at the Toward a Science of Consciousness Conference, Tucson, Arizona.
Posted on 21 April 2014 | 1:13 pm
Profs. Sheridan Hough and Christian Coseru to present at the 20th Anniversary Toward a Science of Consciousness Conference, Tucson, Arizona. Prof. Sheridan Hough will be giving a talk, “That Poor and Erring Organ: Nietzsche on Consciousness and Instinct.”  Prof. Christian Coseru will be giving a talk, “Reflexive Sensibility: The Bedrock of Consciousness.”
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Congratulations to this year’s student award and departmental scholarship winners
Posted on 18 April 2014 | 4:05 pm
A big congratulations to this ears student award and departmental scholarship winners: HSS Scholar: Stefan Koester Outstanding Student in Philosophy: Erica Lux and Joseph Suthers Tomo Cook Scholarship 2014 – 2015: Matthew Rabon and Rebbeca Stanley
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