Director of Undergraduate Studies
541 Hall of LanguageS
Kenneth Baynes, Frederick C. Beiser, Benjamin Bradley, Janice Dowell, Kevan Edwards, Kim Frost, André Gallois, Samuel Gorovitz, Mark Heller, Kris McDaniel, Christopher Noble, Hille Paakkunainen, Kara Richardson, Michael Rieppel, Nathaniel Sharadin, David Sobel, Laurence Thomas, Robert Van Gulick
Using reason and argument, philosophers seek to answer the most fundamental of questions: What am I? What can I know? What must I do? Because the study of philosophy so effectively sharpens and extends the mind, many students find it to be the ideal companion to other courses of study.
The philosophy curriculum has two principal divisions. The first division consists of studies that are central to philosophy proper. There are four core areas: ethics, logic, metaphysics and the theory of knowledge, and the history of philosophy. The second division includes courses devoted to the philosophical examination of other areas of inquiry and culture, such as mathematics, the natural and social sciences, language, politics and the law, the arts, history, education, and religion.
Students particularly interested in political philosophy should see the program description under that heading here.
Students particularly interested in logic should see the description of the logic concentration, included under “Interdisciplinary Minors” in this section of the catalog.