Philosophy

Philosophy

What is justice? What is the best way to live? What are the connections between the mind and body? How can we tell which of our beliefs are true? Willamette’s philosophy program explores these and other questions critical to the human experience.

Our faculty members have a wide range of interests, including existentialism, philosophy of mind, feminist philosophy, theories of knowledge, logic, philosophy of art, political philosophy, and the philosophy of language. Their expertise is reflected in our curriculum, which encourages students to explore all of those areas rigorously, insightfully, and imaginatively.

By combining rigor, insight, and imagination, philosophy students develop the superior critical thinking skills that enable them to pursue a wide range of career paths after graduation. Recent alumni have joined the diplomatic service, begun practicing law, and entered the tech industry. One has become a reporter with National Public Radio and another serves as a Justice on Oregon’s Supreme Court. This is just a small sample of the varied careers our majors now pursue.

Beyond enriching one’s life profoundly, few disciplines can boast of preparing graduates for such diverse careers, which may be why The London Times called philosophy "the ultimate ‘transferable work skill'."