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Philosophy

Engaging in philosophy is a process of coming to terms with oneself, and thus with one’s place in the world. This process requires developing skills of conceptual analysis, logical reasoning and critical thinking.

Studying philosophy at 鶹Ƶhelps develop these abilities, providing you with the intellectual grounds to reflect critically on your beliefs, recognize the strengths and weaknesses of alternative beliefs, integrate your views into a coherent perspective, and understand how philosophical ideas have shaped your values, culture, and history. In all these ways, the discipline helps to promote responsible citizenship, social and economic justice, and the recognition of and respect for differences among groups and between individuals.

Philosophical training will allow you to critically and thoughtfully engage with people and texts that represent a wide range of beliefs, values, and experiences that differ from your own. You’ll learn how to articulate and defend your conceptions of a life well lived, and develop your ability to defend that view with reasons, as well as your ability to locate your views in respect to those of others. Majors have a multitude of opportunities to conduct research and to study abroad. You might participate in the Undergraduate Research Center’s Summer Research Program, take a semester or Oxy-led courses abroad in any number of countries, or apply for a Richter grant to undertake a community-based research project abroad.

The skills you gain studying philosophy are intrinsically valuable throughout one’s life. Our graduates have applied them to a wide variety of professions, including law, medicine, education, journalism, business, public policy and government. And at how philosophy majors compare to other majors in salary earnings.

Ryan Preston-Roedder

Meet Our Faculty

What Our Graduates Are Doing

Chief Financial Officer, Core Security SDI Corporation

Tom Moyes
1982

Environmental lawyer, Orange County Coastkeeper

Sarah Spinuzzi
2012

Design Director & CEO, Lowney Architecture

Ken Lowney
1987

Music attorney, manager of White Stripes, The Shins

Ian Montone
1998

JD, Duke; Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department Education

Mary Lou Mobley
1987

Nite Jewel, singer/songwriter

Ramona Gonzalez
2009

Peace Corps Volunteer, Madagascar (studying agroforestry)

Chris Kuran
2023
Contact Philosophy
Swan Hall 203