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 350

Mind to Matter & Morality:Kant

Fall 2019

From Mind to Matter and Morality: Kant

Immanuel Kant captured the imagination of modern philosophers with a powerful idea: that
the material world we perceive is partly structured by our minds, and that we can know certain…

PHI 495

Senior Thesis


Open only to Philosophy majors. Includes the writing of a thesis under the supervision of a faculty member. Majors pursuing Honors must defend the thesis before the Philosophy faculty.

Counts as an elective for the Philosophy major.


PHI 122

Philosophy of Human Nature


We all operate with an implicit theory of human nature-for example, when we deal with other people, decide what is worth striving for or which social arrangements to support. In this class, we confront the issues surrounding the…