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 Paradox of Tragedy: Kenton Freemuth ‘15
Why do we choose to engage painful art forms—such as tragedy—depicting scenes and content we would usually avoid in real life?
An Exploration of Personal Identity: Michael Someck ‘15
What do we mean when we say that the person we call “Barack Obama” today is the same person we called “Barack Obama” yesterday?
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.
In addition to helping me develop practical skills like formulating and articulating arguments, studying philosophy has led me to what I think is important in my life. Knowing what matters to me is something that has already begun to make life more fulfilling.
Faculty & Teaching
Our eight professors are experts in their fields, with research interests that include European thought, human spirituality, history of modern philosophy, metaethics, ancient philosophy, and philosophy of mind, ethics, 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.