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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.

Statement in Support of Professor Rachel McKinnon

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Department News

Prof. Coseru Awarded NEH Summer Institute Grant
Posted on 14 August 2017 | 2:09 pm
Christian Coseru was awarded $164,585 to stage a two-week “Self-Knowledge in Eastern and Western Philosophies” Summer Institute in 2018. Professors Jay Garfield of Smith College and Harvard University, and Evan Thompson of the University of British Columbia will co-direct the institute, which will also involve contributions by 14 distinguished faculty from major universities in the United States, Denmark, […]
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Prof. Hough to give an invited talk at Kyoto University
Posted on 25 May 2017 | 7:48 am
Prof. Hough will be giving an invited talk at Kyoto University on May 17, 2017. The topic is “Nietzsche on Consciousness: Epiphenomenalism, Genealogy and Archaeology,” and it is part of the Center for Applied Philosophy and Ethics (CAPE) lecture series.
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