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Many of our Philosophy majors go on to find success in a variety of careers, including law, medicine, and business, to name but a few. Read what our graduates have to say about how a philosophy major prepared them for life after college.


The Department of Philosophy & Humanities offers both a traditional philosophy major and a philosophy major with emphasis in religious studies.  Students may pursue either a B.A. or B.S. degree. Minors are also offered in philosophy, religious studies, and humanities.

Philosophy is quite unlike any other field. It is unique both in its methods and in the nature and breadth of its subject matter. Philosophy pursues questions in every dimension of human life, and its techniques apply to problems in any field of study or endeavor. No brief definition expresses the richness and variety of philosophy. It may be described in many ways. It is a reasoned pursuit of fundamental truths, a quest for understanding, a study of principles of conduct. It seeks to establish standards of evidence, to provide rational methods of resolving conflicts, and to create techniques for evaluating ideas and arguments. Philosophy develops the capacity to see the world from the perspective of other individuals and other cultures; it enhances one's ability to perceive the relationships among the various fields of study; and it deepens one's sense of the meaning and variety of human experience.
[Taken from "The Field of Philosophy," prepared by the American Philosophical Association's committee on the status and future of the profession, 1981.]

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  • Philosophy Club Meeting
    Tuesday, January 31st, 4 pm
    The Willow Tree Coffee House
    Dr. Jeff Gold will present "Ancient Athenian Exceptionalism:  After Changes upon Changes we are More or Less the Same," to be followed by discussion. The talk will center around the cultural significance of excellence in Classical Athens and how it is still relevant, influential, and alive in the contemporary world.  
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  • Dr. Michael Allen has two new papers being published in 2017.  “Hunters, Crown, Nobles, Conservation Elites: Class Antagonism over the Ownership of Common Fauna” (with Erica von Essen and Hans Peter Hansen) will appear in the International Journal of Cultural Property.  “A Reluctant Right-Wing Social Movement: On the ‘Good Sense’ of Swedish Hunters” (with Erica von Essen), will be published in Journal of Rural Studies.

  • Dr. David Harker's paper entitled "Demarcation and the Created Controversy" has been accepted for publication in Philosophia.

  • Dr. Leslie MacAvoy has had two new articles published in 2016.  "Suffering and Redemption: A Nietzschean Analysis of The Tree of Life" appears in The Way of Nature and the Way of Grace: Philosophical Footholds on Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life , edited by Jonathan Beever and Vernon W. Cisney.  "Distanciation and Epoché: The Influence of Husserl on Ricoeur's Hermeneutics" was published in Hermeneutics and Phenomenology in Paul Ricoeur: Between Text and Phenomenon, edited by Scott Davidson and Marc-Antoine Valée.  Two of Dr. MacAvoy's articles have also been reissued in the paperback edition of The Bloomsbury Companion to Heidegger (François Raffoul and Eric S. Nelson, editors), "Heidegger and Husserl" and "Heidegger's Anglo-American Reception."

  • Dr. Keith Green has a forthcoming paper, "Spinoza on Turning the Other Cheek," to be published in Volume VIII of Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy.  Another paper, "Forgiveness, Pardon, and Punishment in Spinoza's Ethical Theory and 'True Religion,'" will appear in the Journal of Early Modern Studies.  Dr. Green's paper "Spinoza on Self-Hatred" appears in the current edition of Iyyun: the Jerusalem Philosophical Review.


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