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Welcome to the Department of Philosophy

The study of philosophy explores the fascinating range of theories and worldviews that have been offered in humankind's attempt to comprehend reality. Majoring in philosophy is a good choice for many students, but especially those planning on advanced careers in business or those pursuing graduate work in the humanities or law. Many students even find it worthwhile to double major in philosophy and another field, such Philosophy and Biology as preparation for medical school.

Courses at Fort Lewis College provides a strong grounding in the history of philosophy, while acquainting students with contemporary theories and approaches in all four major areas of philosophy: metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and logic.

Philosophy classes here at Fort Lewis College encourage lively debate among students and professors over issues most central to our lives. The Philosophy Club sponsors numerous receptions, talks, and events. We also offer exciting off-campus experiences to students interested in combining philosophy with adventurous trips abroad.

Our small classes mean you get an individualized education from our expert faculty. Because our faculty focus on teaching, they work closely with their students, taking pride in keeping their office doors open, being involved in their students' progress, and tailoring their assistance to each learner's needs.  To learn more about our department, feel free to browse the website or download our brochure (PDF). If there is anything that we can do to help, please let us know.

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2017-18 Philosophy Club Schedule

Spring 2018

Monday, Jan. 15: 7:00 pm - Senate Chambers. "Nature, Nurture, and the Moral Sense." Owen Spalding will talk about the role of both Nature and Nurture, in the development of the moral sense.

Thursday, Jan. 18: 7:00pm - Noble 130. "Facts, Opinions, and Ethics Education in America." Dr. Justin McBrayer will discuss his facts-opinion piece for the New York Times in 2015.

Monday, Jan. 29: 7:00 pm - Senate Chambers. "How Ought We Go About Education?"  Dr. Lee Frazer will be questioning how we should move forward with education.

Monday, Feb. 26 : 7:00 pm - Senate Chambers.  "Vaccines: Is Public Health More Important Than Freedom of Choice?" Dr. David Blake will give the facts about vaccines, then open the floor to discussion about what effect these facts have on public health policy.

Monday, March 19: 7:00 pm - Senate Chambers. "Should the Government Guide Behavior?" Dr. Justin McBrayer and Dr. Dugald Owen will be debating the role that government should have in guiding the behavior of its constituants.

Monday, April 2: 7:00 pm - Senate Chambers. "Israel and Palestine; The Facts and Their Philosophical Implications." Dr. Ruth Alminas will describe the current conflict between Israel and Palestine, and question what we ought to do about it.

Tuesday, April 3: Noble 130, 12:50-2:20. "Russian Doping Scandal." Dr. Justin McBrayer will be a moderator for the event—an insider's crusade for ethics in international sport. Guests are Vitaly Stepanov and Yuliya Stepanova. Watch for more details.

Monday, April 16: 7:00 pm - Senate Chambers. "Is it Ethically Justifiable to Have Children?" Dr. Sarah Roberts-Cady will be discussing what are the moral implications of having children.