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Department of Philosophy

Philosophy Faculty
Compelling instruction and field-leading research. Meet our philosophy faculty.
Academic Program in Philosophy
Our course offerings will challenge your knowledge and assumptions and engage your desire to learn.  READ MORE
What makes an action morally right or wrong? What is free will, and do we have any? What is the nature of knowledge? What is the relation between the mind and the body? What makes a political system just? Does God exist? 

About Philosophy

If you've ever considered the questions above, we invite you to join us in the philosophy department.

We offer majors in both philosophy and philosophy and religion. You can also pursue a minor in philosophy.

With more than a dozen faculty and over 100 student majors, we have traditionally been one of the strongest disciplines at Colgate. Because of our size, we are able to offer a wide range of courses that cover the whole breadth of our discipline and its historical roots.

Success after Colgate

Colgate alumni who majored in the department are pursuing careers in a variety of fields. Check out just a few of the possibilities out there for our majors:

Department Contacts

Chair: Edward Witherspoon
Administrative assistant: Jean Getchonis
Office: 113 Hascall Hall
Phone: 315-228-7681
Dept. Fax: 315-228-7998