A Major for Getting to the Bottom of Things.

A capable philosopher is able to construct good arguments, spot the weaknesses in bad ones, and express abstract thoughts in clear language. For this reason, students of philosophy tend to do well in many other disciplines and professions. 

Through highly individualized tuition, Franklin & Marshall Philosophy students receive a personalized learning experience. The intimate nature of the program is reflected by an impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 5:1.

Each year the department brings in some of the most prominent figures in the field to speak and engage with current students. Recent speakers have included Phillip Cafaro from Colorado State University, Colin Klein from the University of Illinois, and Stephen Darwall from Yale Univeristy..

We are a close-knit community that often gathers for philosophical discussions and fun outside the classroom.

A major or minor in Philosophy is the perfect complement to a complete liberal arts education and prepares students for a wide range of professions and admission to elite graduate programs.

The Philosophy Department also offers an additional major through the interdisciplinary program in Scientific and Philosophical Studies of Mind, sponsored and jointly staffed by the Philosophy and Psychology Departments.

Franklin & Marshall College Students Explore 'The Examined Life'

Associate Professor of Philosophy Lee Franklin talks with the Huffington Post about his course "What is the Examined Life?" This course, launched in the fall of 2014, hopes to "to introduce students to central works of our intellectual tradition, and to frame the practices of intellectual discourse not so much as useful skills (say, for...

Huffington Post Article

Welcome Shruta Swarup!

Welcome to our new Instructor or Philosophy, Shruta Swarup! Shruta is completing a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Cornell University.  Before coming to F&M, she was a DeOlazarra Fellow and Lecturer in the Political Philosophy, Policy & Law Program at the University of Virginia.  She works in political philosophy, feminist philosophy, and applied ethics....

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Story 9/22/2016

Sharing Experiences, Conversation, Not Moral Political...

Finding reasons for individuals of different colors and cultures to share experiences moves them closer to understanding one another, rather than moral and political debates that rarely, if ever,...

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Story 6/15/2016

Examining the Habits of Mind

Associate Professor of Philosophy Lee Franklin guides first-year F&M students through a lesson in his Connections course, "What is the Examined Life?"

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Story 4/14/2016

Conference Showcases Student Research Across Disciplines

The First Annual Student Research Conference on April 10 explored varied facets of the theme "Knowing Our Past: Ethics, Justice and Power."

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Story 6/12/2014

Prestigious Sanders Prize in Philosophy Awarded to F&M's...

Franklin & Marshall Assistant Professor of Philosophy Nick Kroll knew it was a long shot going in, but he wanted to submit his essay to provoke dialogue on the modern necessity of an archaic form...

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Story 5/17/2012

Kevin Wojcik ’12: Finding a Home in the Liberal Arts...

A profile of Kevin Wojcik ’12 is Part III of “Faces of the Class of 2012,” a series on the academic and extracurricular interests of graduating seniors.

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Story 4/12/2012

F&M’s Helm Receives Grant to Explore Role of Love in...

Professor of Philosophy Bennett Helm is part of a $1 million grant project that aims to broaden the interdisciplinary dialogue on love and human agency.

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