• 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

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    On Wednesday, April 12, Professor of Philosophy Gary Gabor presented the paper Ammonius and Boethius on Porphyry at the American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, Annual Conference. Gabor also organized two sessions on late antique philosophy, with presentations by faculty from Syracuse University, the University of Michigan, St. Olaf College, and Trinity University.

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    A group of 36 Hamline students are in Memphis, Tennessee to present their collaborative research at the 31st annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Students present original research with topics spanning across a variety of disciplines and programs, from social justice to business, and biology to history.

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    Hanna Professor of Philosophy Nancy J. Holland will give a talk entitled Looking Backwards, Moving Forwards: Forty Years as a Feminist Philosopher, from noon-1 p.m. on April 7, 2017, at the Luanne Dummer Center for Women on the University of St. Thomas campus.