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

The Pulse

Story 3/29/2021

Five Students Present Health Care Research at Oxford...

Five F&M students – three seniors, a junior and a first-year – recently presented a paper on their research about health care disparities among minority populations in Lancaster County to the Oxford...

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Story 12/14/2020

Clubhouses, Tutoring: F&M Students Meet Lancaster Schools’...

After the pandemic interrupted their science outreach in Lancaster elementary schools, F&M students returned remotely in the fall with tutoring and clubhouses. 

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Story 5/12/2018

Williamson Medalist Citation In Honor of Caroline Lawrence

F&M faculty praise Caroline for her deep social conscience and a burning desire to discover more about what makes us truly human, which have led to her academic research in five distinct disciplines.

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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 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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