Join humanity’s deepest conversation about who we are, what is real, what we should care about, and what we can know.
“Philosophy” (from Greek φιλοσοφία) means “love of wisdom.” It also means the experience of making critical sense of, and finding meaning in, all kinds of personal and global complexity. This experience is fundamental for human beings of all identities and cultures—Western and non-Western, ancient, modern, and postmodern.
The philosophy program provides a foundation for further critical exploration of issues like those above. It affords a deeper grasp of how all areas of human knowledge—in the humanities, the natural and social sciences, in the arts, and in social and political life—are connected.
Students who pursue philosophy majors or minors, or who take philosophy courses as electives, have created successful careers in a rich variety of fields, including (besides teaching philosophy) law, business, psychology and other sciences, and the arts. Philosophy majors also are the highest postgraduate wage-earners in the humanities and among the top scorers in all fields in tests such as the GRE, LSAT, and GMAT.
What complexities speak to you? Our program can help you find out.
Recent Senior Projects
Senior Projects in Philosophy 2018
Bridging the Gap: Playful World-Travelling and the Dominican Subject
Identity: Processes of Identification and Their Role in American Political Life
Beyond the Pale: American Jewry and a Semiotic Regime of Whiteness
Making a Difference: Ethics and Career Choice
Double-Relocation: Finding Swaraj through Post-Colonial Literature
The Story of a Black Family: The Transmission and Abolition of Intergenerational Trauma
Stand-up Comedy as a Stance of Action: Arendt and the Social Function of Humor
Philosophy Depicted in Israeli and Palestinian Cinema
Philosophy Panel Discussion
View below Democracy and Its Discontents: Thinking the Present, an October, 2016, Purchase College Philosophy Society presentation, featuring professors Nicholas Baer, Emiliano Diaz, Casey Haskins, Morris Kaplan, and Jennifer Uleman in a panel discussion and Q&A about the state of democracy on the eve of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.
Tom DePaola ’10, who double majored in literature, and Daniel T. Scott ’11 co-author a book on neoliberalistic policies in university employment.