The Department of Philosophy at Washington & Lee University seeks to introduce students to deep and persistent questions of existence, knowledge, and value, to encourage students to examine critically a variety of beliefs, attitudes, and social structures, and to foster creative thoughtfulness and self-reflection.
Philosophy is a fundamental subject matter, and its study equips any student for work in a wide variety of fields. There are currently approximately 50 philosophy majors and minors at W&L. In addition to going to graduate school in philosophy, our majors (and now minors) have gone on to pursue careers in law, education, information technology, banking, advertising, medicine, health sciences, journalism, and the armed forces. For more about our recent graduates, see here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Theology Professor Thomas Carlson to Give Public Talk at W&L
Friday, November 15, 2013
Thomas Carlson, religion professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will give a public lecture on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 4:30 p.m. in Leyburn Library's Northen Auditorium.
Morris Berman to Explore Post-9/11 America
Monday, November 11, 2013
Morris Berman, cultural historian and social critic, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 5 p.m. in Leyburn Library's Northen Auditorium. Berman is currentl...
Dickinson's Maher to Present Morton Endowment Lecture at W&L
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Washington and Lee University's Department of Philosophy will present a lecture by Chauncey Maher, assistant professor of philosophy at Dickinson College, entitled "Varieties of Minds," at...