Philosophy Department

Philosophy teaches students to think clearly and critically about the most important questions of life. We explore not only how things are, but also how they could have been and how they ought to be. Philosophy majors and minors routinely score high on all standardized tests and go on to successful careers in business, education, government, law, medicine and public policy.

"Philosophy" comes from the Greek words meaning "love of wisdom." Philosophy teaches students to think clearly and critically about the most important questions of life. We explore not only how things are, but also how they could have been and how they ought to be. All of us have to answer the questions asked by philosophers. Philosophy teaches students how we might begin to answer them.

Students who learn philosophy get a great many benefits from doing so. Philosophy teaches critical thinking, careful reading, and clear oral and written communication, and helps students use these skills to better understand the conceptual frameworks that we use to organize and describe the world and our place in it. Because philosophy is deeply interdisciplinary in nature, many of our students combine studying philosophy with studying other disciplines, and the skills that they learn are highly marketable and sought-after. Philosophy majors and minors routinely score high on all standardized tests and go on to successful careers in business, education, government, law, medicine, and public policy.

Department Chair

Josh Alexander

Joshua J. Alexander

Associate Professor of Philosophy

412 Siena Hall

(518) 782‑6715