The Philosophy Major and Minor at Davidson

The Philosophy Department aims to provide you with a systematic approach to foundational questions, an approach that stresses clarity and attention to detail.

Philosophical questions arise in every discipline and in every occupation. Does God exist? Is knowledge possible? What is the best life? Are there objective moral truths? Are we purely physical beings? Do we have free will?

Other philosophical questions are not quite as grand in scope, but are important nonetheless, such as an ethical dilemma in a particular science, or the proper analysis of the evidence or cause of a central concept. Philosophy majors are well-equipped for any profession requiring creative and careful thought; many pursue graduate or professional degrees.

Courses You Might Take

PHI 110

Problems of Philosophy

Busch, Jankovic, Layman, McKeever

Introduction to philosophy through a survey of selected philosophical problems. Topics vary, and have included questions such as: Does God exist? Do we have free will? Can we know anything? Is truth relative? Is morality…

PHI 350

Seminar in Philosophy

Fall 2021

Philosophy of Emotions

Emotions upset us, overtake us, make us do things we later regret. Our stomachs twist, hearts pound, cheeks burn. But sometime they make our hearts flutter, chests expand, faces brighten. It's the kind of…

PHI 451

Senior Colloq in Philosophy

Layman, Studtmann

Capstone course required of all senior Philosophy majors. The seminar is organized around the work of four or five philosophers who visit the campus during the semester to discuss their work with students. Topics vary.