Explore the most fundamental questions in life with clarity, precision, and logical rigor.
As a philosophy student, you’ll investigate questions concerning the human condition that have been debated since the beginning of civilization, as well as philosophical issues arising in our high-tech, globally interconnected world.
Take courses in traditional branches of philosophy such as ethics, epistemology, the mind, and metaphysics. Learn about more recently developed areas or study philosophy in an interdisciplinary context in classes like Philosophy of Biology and Freedom, Markets and Well-Being.
Philosophic training is an asset to your career and enriches your personal life. You’ll learn to formulate precise and concise arguments; to identify fallacious reasoning; to understand and evaluate your own and others’ views and arguments; and to communicate successfully when you speak and write.
What You'll Study
- Courses in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science, and history of philosophy
- Courses in value theory, such as ethics, political philosophy, or philosophy of law
- A course in logic
- An advanced seminar and electives on specific philosophers and current issues
- Senior literature review and optional thesis
Learning at Pomona
The Evaluative Function of Truth: Paskalina Bourbon '19
An account of the role of truth in understanding language
A New Account of Indoctrination: James McIntyre ’19
What distinguishes education, persuasion and indoctrination? Is it what is learned, how it is learned, or the learner's ability to reflect on and critique what they have learned?
Being and Time as “Being and World”: A Project to Make Heidegger Turn in His Grave
Jennifer Kim ’17 discusses the possible value of developing Heidegger’s notion of ‘world’ (alongside his emphasis on time), supporting his holistic project of Dasein’s being-in-the-world.
I began studying philosophy because I was broadly interested questions about our ethical obligations and their source, about which things exist and what we can know about them. I stuck with it largely because of the remarkable quality of both the faculty and the student community. I think philosophy can be rewarding for anyone with an open mind. It has been for me.
Faculty & Teaching
Each philosophy professor in our department is an expert in a specific area of philosophy with research interests that include European thought, political philosophy, ancient philosophy, philosophy of mind, ethics, as well as science and values.
What is the basis of morality? What is the difference between knowledge and mere opinion? Philosophy addresses fundamental questions about the human condition. They might seem very abstract, but what makes philosophy difficult also, surprisingly, makes it practical: Making headway on such questions requires skills that are widely applicable, including evaluating arguments with clarity and precision, and recognizing and challenging assumptions—most importantly, your own.