College of Arts and Sciences
Philosophy Department

Philosophy Department

  • The study of philosophy begins with questions that are as personal as they are universal: What truths can I know? How should I live? Who, or what, am I? Where is my place in the grand scheme of things? To respond fruitfully to such questions requires training in critical habits of mind, learning from the rich traditions and the great minds that have reflected on such questions and engaging in lively discussion with a community of inquirers.

    Degrees offered: BA, minor

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    Scholarly Excellence - Philosophy

    Jason, Wirth, PhD: He loves Socrates, Plato, Diogenes, and Nietzsche. He cherishes the philosophies of Asia and indigenous peoples. Philosophy Professor Jason Wirth, a Zen priest, blames the Jesuits for instilling a lifelong passion for philosophy, a passion he instills in his students. Read more here.


  • News and Events

    Red Pine, the pen name of Bill Porter, presents “Finding Them Gone: Visiting China’s Poets of the Past” on November 12 at 7 p.m.. He is one of today’s most celebrated translators of poetry and Buddhist sutras from classical Chinese. More here.

    Alumni in the News: Meet Ryan Sawyer, '94, soccer star, Rhodes scholar, Philosophy and English major here