Are you interested in the most significant questions of the human experience, like the existence of God, the standard of right and wrong, or how knowledge is possible?  Do you find yourself drawn to debate and rational analysis, or ask questions about how things work or why things are done the way they are? Are you interested in questions informed by a variety of academic disciplines?  If so, you might want to consider majoring or minoring in philosophy.

Philosophy is a creative and critical exploration of the meanings and values by which we live our lives.  Philosophers inquire, in a disciplined yet free and unrestricted manner, into matters indispensable to the flourishing of human persons, society, polity, and culture.  To enter into philosophy is to find a new way of wondering and speaking about those things that matter most to us as human beings—love and friendship, work and creativity, suffering and death, identity and diversity, God and the mystery of evil, freedom and responsibility, the possibility of living a good and meaningful life.

Special Welcome

The Philosophy Department is happy to announce the following addition to our departmental community for the fall 2019 semester:

Nathaniel Bulthuis comes to us from Colgate University in New York. His areas of specialization are Medieval Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion. He is a two-time recipient of the Sage Fellowship at Cornell University, and the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship from the U. S. Department of Education. Nate received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. He will be teaching one section of Moral Foundations, honors, and two sections of Philosophy of God in Aquinas in the fall.