Philosophers study some of the most fundamental questions that can be asked about the world and our place in it.
Do we have free will? Are there objective moral truths? Does God exist? What is the best way to live? Why should I obey the law? How can I know whether I’m awake or dreaming? Studying philosophy provides you with an understanding of the development of human thought on such questions over the centuries. Philosophy also teaches you general skills of reasoning and argumentation, including how to interpret and evaluate arguments, develop and justify your views on complex questions, and express yourself clearly and persuasively.
The Wellesley Philosophy Department is committed to providing students with a high-quality, in-depth grounding in both historical and contemporary philosophy. Faculty research interests include: ancient, 19th century and early modern philosophy, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, ethics, moral psychology, political philosophy, philosophy of law, aesthetics, feminism and African philosophy. The department offers courses at introductory and advanced levels in each of these areas and others. We also encourage students to undertake independent work with faculty members on philosophical topics that they find intriguing.
According to the Philosophical Gourmet Report: "Among schools that do not offer the Ph.D. or MA in philosophy, those with the best philosophy faculties would probably include: Amherst College, California Institute of Technology, Dartmouth College, Reed College, University of Vermont, and Wellesley College."
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