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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

Prof. Hettinger to present “Defending Native Species: Naturalness, Cosmopolitanization, & Novel Ecosystems” at the North America Congress for Conservation Biology
Posted on 23 June 2014 | 2:25 pm
Prof. Ned Hettinger will be participating in a symposium on “Reconsidering Dualistic Thinking on Non-Native Species and Their Role in Conservation” (Julian Olden, organizer), at The North America Congress for Conservation Biology, Missoula, MT (July 2014); presentation title “Defending Native Species: Naturalness, Cosmopolitanization, and Novel Ecosystems”.
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Prof. Hettinger to deliver the keynote address at the 11th Annual Meeting on Environmental Philosophy
Posted on 20 May 2014 | 9:54 am
Ned Hettinger will be delivering the keynote address “Age of Man Environmentalism and Respect for an Independent Nature” for the 11th Annual Meeting on Environmental Philosophy in Allenspark, Colorado in June 2014.
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