Did you know that the “Ph” in Ph.D. stands for “philosophy?” Philosophy literally means “love of wisdom.” Philosophers aren’t afraid to ask big questions and to push all of us to seek answers.

Ask the big questions

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies encompasses two disciplines that share a commitment to pursuing the fundamental questions of human existence and to examining the various ways in which the traditions of philosophy and religion have answered these questions.

Let’s get philosophical

The Philosophy program encourages students to think creatively and critically, analyze important texts and issues in the history of philosophy, and bring challenges and contemporary perspectives to that tradition.

The term “philosophy” literally means “love of wisdom,” and courses in philosophy range from considerations of how we should live to the nature of human knowing. The study of philosophy often inspires students to develop a practice of living that informs their lives regardless of career choice.

  • <blockquote class="callout-quote"><div class="callout-quote-text"><p> “My best memories of Monmouth are of being in the classroom. No matter the class, I fell in love with being a student, and I know I’ll always carry that with me moving forward.”</p></div><footer class="callout-quote-footer">Isaac Willis ’18, Philosophy and English double major</footer></blockquote>

Our faculty are active scholars in their fields and provide opportunities for students to pursue scholarly projects in their areas of interest and to engage in the scholarly world beyond the classroom.

Philosophy News

  • Addison Cox

    Episode No. 7: Oct. 14, 2022

    Lincoln Laureate Addison Cox ’23 (pictured) discusses three of her favorite novels, winning a conference championship with the track and field team, and discovering her second major.
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  • Worth the Read

    Addison Cox ’23, who was named Monmouth College  Lincoln Laureate, has excelled in the classroom and in athletic competition. 
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  • ‘Will College Make You Wise?’

    Internationally known speaker John Thatamanil to speak on that topic during College’s Sam Thompson Lecture on April 21.
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Philosophy Events

  • LeSuer Nature Preserve

    come experience theGlory of Nature.

  • Kieft Scholars