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

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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Philosophy Table
February 8, 2016
Join the philosophy department on the balcony of McClurg dining hall from 12.30pm - 1.30pm on Thursday 2/11 for our first "philosophy table" of the semester - a fun, informal way to get together with philosophy professors and students to chat about life, philosophy, and the relation between the two. Our topic this week: love. All are welcome!
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