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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 Neurointerventions in the Law Confrence in September
Posted on 29 July 2014 | 12:01 pm
Profs. Thomas Nadelhoffer and Jennifer Wright will present a paper, “Enhancement, the Self, and the Lottery of Life” at the Neurointerventions in the Law Conference in Atlanta GA 9/12-9/14.
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Prof. Coseru presenting at the XVIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies and the 5th International Dharmakirti Conference
Posted on 29 July 2014 | 9:18 am
Prof. Christian Coseru will be giving a paper, “Reflexive Sensibility and the Madhyamika’s View from Nowhere” at the XVIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies in Vienna Austria on 8/23/14.  During the same trip, he will be giving a paper, “Consciousness and Causal Explanation:  Santaraksita Against Physicalism” at the 5th International Dharmakirti Conference […]
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