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Philosophy Major

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.

Office hours with Professor Julie Tannenbaum
Office hours with Professor Julie Tannenbaum
Jesus Munoz comments during senior seminar
Jesus Munoz comments during senior seminar
Students in the Social and Political Philosophy class taught by Prof. Michael Green
Members of the Social and Political Philosophy class with Professor Michael Green
In class with Professor Laura Perini
In class with Professor Laura Perini
A group hike with Women and Philosophy
A hike with our Women and Philosophy group

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
Choose from 44 philosophy courses.

Learning at Pomona

Jenna Lange ’23

The Route of Mortals Leads to the Cave: Parmenides as Plato’s Precursor

In Parmenides' view, the only way we may catch glimpses of the way things truly are is through reason, and not through our senses.

Emily Jiang ’21

Despair as the Spiritual Intersection of Futurity and the Self-as-a-Relation

An examination of Kierkegaard’s claim that despair is innate within the self and is therefore felt both universally and incessantly by humans.

Jenna Lange ’23
Jenna Lange ’23

The careful, critical thinking about important questions, particularly of what it means to live a good life and of what is required of us ethically, is exactly what I want from my liberal arts education.

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.

Professor Laura Perini

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.