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The Philosophy Department will help you live a meaningful, faithful, and enjoyable life by teaching you to join in the most important conversations you can have.  Everything hangs on who we are as human beings, where we are going, and how we should treat one another, from public policy debates to questions about the afterlife, as well as the moral foundations for love and justice.  Join us!

If you don’t know what philosophy is, don’t worry.  There’s good news: you’re already doing philosophy.  Everyone is.  If you’ve ever asked philosophical questions like these, you’ve “done” philosophy:

  • What is love, and how do you know you're in it?  
  • Are there good reasons to believe in God?  
  • Is there something more spiritual about a person, or are our minds just neurons firing
  • What is freedom, and why does it matter?
  • What are good and bad uses of technology?
  • What duties do we have to animals?  Should we be vegetarians?
  • Is war ever just?  What about euthanasia?  Abortion?
  • How should we construct a political state, and what obligations would it have to its citizens?  What obligations might they have to it?

In Hope’s Philosophy Department, you’ll find:

  • Award-winning faculty who write and teach on everything from the philosophy of Plato, to the Catholic philosophical tradition, to Zen Buddhist philosophers. 
  • A Speaker Series that boasts past visitors like Alvin Plantinga, Charles Mills, Bertha Alvarez Manninen, Nicholas Wolterstorff, Meghan Sullivan, and others. 
  • Collaborative summer grant opportunities with faculty.
  • A track record of placing talented graduates in highly-ranked philosophy graduate programs, such as Columbia, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Cornell, Fordham, and Purdue. 
  • Alumni at work as hospital chaplains, medical doctors, pastors in major denominations, editors at major real money slots android publications, accomplished lawyers, and college professors.