Philosophy Department

The Department of Philosophy at Washington and 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.

Upcoming Events

Date Event
Mar 5
Philosophy Honor Society
Evans Hall, 5:30 PM
Mar 30
Public Lecture by Jesse Prinz, "Morality and the Self"
Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library, 5:00 PM



Wednesday, February 11, 2015

W&L Wins Sixth VFIC Ethics Bowl

Washington and Lee University won its sixth VFIC Ethics Bowl championship Feb. 9, when its four-member student team successfully devised and presented solutions to ethical dilemmas affecting...

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Four W&L Students to Compete in Ethics Bowl Feb. 8-9

Four Washington and Lee students will compete in the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges' 16th annual statewide collegiate Ethics Bowl, sponsored by Wells Fargo, February 8-9, at...

Fish Lake Aerometer by David Brewster, oil on Mi-Tientes (paper), 2007, 40 x 30 inches

Monday, January 26, 2015

Picture Perfect

While Tony Walker '64 visited campus this past fall for his 50th reunion, he stopped by the University's art collection in the Kamen Gallery in the Lenfest Center for the Performing Arts. The...