“What can be said at all can be said clearly, and what we cannot talk about we must consign to silence.”
- Ludwig Wittgenstein
In our Philosophy program, you consider the relationships between the mind and the body, appearance and reality, truth and opinion, right and wrong, the individual and society, humans and nature, God and the world, and so on. Through this contemplation, you hone your skills of critical thinking and effective argumentation.
Our seaside campus on the shores of Biddeford Pool provides an ideal setting for you to examine life as a philosopher. Inside our classrooms, meanwhile, you find coursework that introduces questions eminently relevant to our modern lives, in courses like the Philosophy of the Red Sox, and the Philosophy of Friendship, Love, Sex and Marriage.
Our Philosophy program also offers courses in religious studies. In these classes, you gain historical and comparative understandings of the world’s religious traditions. You examine the spiritual beliefs, practices, and rituals of various peoples to better understand the importance of religious faith in providing a source of human value and meaning.
If you'd like to do more than minor in Philosophy, you can apply for a personal major.
David Livingstone Smith, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, was quoted in the Vietnamese newspaper Laodong on July 29, 2016, in an article about dehumanization. The article...
An interview with David Livingstone Smith, Ph.D., professor of philosophy in the Department of History and Philosophy , on the notion of purpose was posted...
David Livingstone Smith presents on political rhetoric at prestigious Security and Human Behavior meeting
David Livingstone Smith, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, was an invited speaker at the annual meeting on Security and Human Behavior, which was held May 31-June...
Lecture Crosley Lecture Series
James R. Doty, M.D.
Lecture Center for Global Humanities Lecture/Seminar Series