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

  • Episode 1: August 27, 2021

    Meet two of the friendly folks from OSF HealthCare who are taking care of Monmouth students at the student health clinic – Kari Bruening (pictured) and Michelle Jones. The Educational Farm & Garden crew of Olivia Croasdale, Jacob Duncan and Hanna Pittman extol the benefits of spending a summer immersed in the land.
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  • Episode 19: Feb. 12, 2021

    Political science professor Mike Nelson, right, discusses the Great Decisions series; philosophy professor Anne Mamary on her new book, “The Alchemical Harry Potter: Essays on Transfiguration in J.K. Rowling’s Novels.”
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  • New Harry Potter Book

    Monmouth philosophy professor Anne Mamary edits volume, authors one of its essays
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