Philosophy

Students learn both historical and critical approaches to the discipline in this program, which introduces philosophy’s roots—the notions, arguments, and intellectual movements that influenced thought throughout history—and teaches students to think analytically, support their own ideas, and form defensible positions.

Majors complete at least 10½ courses in philosophy, junior and senior tutorials, and comprehensive examinations. Majors also write a 20–30-page senior essay for which they must make an effective oral presentation and defend their thesis.

On this site, you can find out more about our courses and faculty, get our take on what philosophy is and why it matters, access resources to improve your writing and research skills, keep up to date on departmental clubs and events, get the facts on the bright career prospects for philosophy majors, and hear about what it's like to study philosophy at Sewanee from some of our recent alumni.

News

Dr. Bradford Hooker, Philosophy Professor, to lecture on 2008 Financial Crisis
November 7, 2018
Dr. Bradford Hooker is a British-American philosopher specializing in moral philosophy at the University of Reading, U.K. He is best known for his work defending rule-consequentialism. Dr. Hooker is the author of numerous papers in ethics and the book, Ideal Code, Ideal World. His lecture at the Gailor Auditorium on November 7, 2019 titled "The Ethical Origins of the 2008 Financial Crisis" is sponsored by the Babson Center for Global Commerce and the Philosophy Department.
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Brian Reynolds C'90 featured on Sewanee website
February 16, 2016
Philosophy major Brian Reynolds C'90 talks about how his training in the Sewanee philosophy department led to his current job as a video game designer.
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Hopwood interviewed on Elucidations podcast
February 15, 2016
Professor Mark Hopwood talks about his work on love and moral agency on the latest episode of Elucidations, a philosophy podcast produced at the University of Chicago.
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