Studying philosophy empowers you to formulate hard questions through critical inquiry and ongoing conversations surrounding meaning, power, reasoning, knowledge, and existence.

You’ll also explore other areas of study through the lens of philosophy with interdisciplinary courses, applying the framework of philosophical reasoning to important questions in other fields.

From epistemology to ethics, philosophy courses cover specialized and interdisciplinary topics.

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Stranger Things


Break out beyond the classroom and enjoy informal philosophical conversations with your peers during Philosophy Strange Thing. Interact and intellectualize in a weekly gathering in Main Hall's Strange Lounge. Engage in casual discussions of philosophical issues of both contemporary and enduring interest. 

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Graduate at Commencement ceremony at Banta Bowl June 2021

Philosophy Outcomes


While there aren’t always answers to the questions that arise while studying philosophy, there are always a variety of career pathways and advanced study opportunities made possible by a degree in philosophy.

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...discover an array of opportunities that await you at Lawrence University.

Academics

Unbagging First-Year Studies

Martyn Smith, director of First-Year Studies, unbags the 10 works being used in First-Year Studies during the 2021-2022 academic year.

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Course

What can alternative science fiction worlds and speculative futures reveal about the nature of reality and our own condition? In answering this question we will engage philosophical puzzles inspired by science fiction in various forms: short stories, novels, television series and movies. Topics may include time travel, robot intelligence and consciousness, scientific knowledge, morality, political power, free will and personal identity.

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