• Philosophy

    Philosophy is the critical examination of the most fundamental questions humans ask: What is the nature of reality? How should people treat one another? How do we know anything?

    The goal of Hamline’s Philosophy Department is to help students improve their consideration of these issues by examining the reasons they, and others, have for thinking as they do. By increasing the care with which they consider ideas, philosophy students deepen their understanding of themselves, others, and the questions and answers they formulate.

    At Hamline, your professors will provide a rigorous education in philosophical thinking that also connects with local and global concerns such as sustainability and social justice. You will become familiar with the historical texts and mainstream approaches of philosophy and also explore challenges and alternatives to the tradition. The study of philosophy will help you develop critical reading, writing, and oral communication skills while connecting philosophical work to other disciplines.

    A Philosophy major prepares you for any profession in which critical analysis, clear communication, and attention to fundamental questions are important, including law, medicine, journalism, and government service. Approximately one-third of Hamline philosophy majors pursue graduate study in philosophy in preparation to teach at the college or university level. Hamline philosophy students also often major in another field and take a philosophy major to complement their studies.

  • News

    Joe Swenson, visiting lecturer in philosophy, was invited to speak at Bethel University for the 2016 Annual Faculty Workshop on Great Texts in the Humanities. The featured text was Friedrich Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morality.

    Nancy J. Holland, professor and chair of the Philosophy Department, led the task force for the Board of the American Philosophical Association (APA) and helped develop the newly adopted code of conduct for the APA.