Professors Noelle Vahanian and Jeff Robbins discuss principles of living philosophy with their class

About The Program

Philosophy students become critical and analytical thinkers by exploring perennial questions of values, knowledge, reality, and human nature. Not simply a way of knowing, even more, philosophy is a way of questioning. 

Graduates are excellently prepared for any career choice, and many students combine a philosophy major or minor with work in another discipline. Philosophy’s focus on logic and argumentation makes it an exceptionally strong foundation for law school.  


Why LVC?

  • LVC’s Philosophy Program inspires students to discover and ask the questions that have characterized the great minds and traditions throughout world history.
  • Philosophy majors will learn from faculty who are committed, innovative, award-winning teachers and internationally recognized scholars.
  • Philosophy majors will learn from faculty who have published extensively and share their expertise with students. They bring a global perspective to class discussions and projects, having studied, lectured, and traveled widely throughout North America, South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe.
  • Each semester, the department brings leading scholars and public intellectuals to campus so majors can engage in new perspectives and innovative ideas. 
  • Philosophy majors have numerous opportunities to collaborate with and receive direct instruction from leading national and international figures in the fields of religion and philosophy through the Undergraduate Research Symposium and the E.A.T. Research Group.
  • Through the department’s Transdisciplinary Collective, majors will collaborate with the English and Art & Visual Culture departments to provide cutting-edge studies in the humanities. The collective is committed to entrepreneurship—to the creation of new learning conditions, curricula, and working environments that allow the particular interests and expertise of its students and faculty to flourish. 
  • The Transdisciplinary Collective also aims to promote the public good. Our high-impact, coordinated, and sustained teaching and learning projects address complex and controversial contemporary issues and challenge students to think across, beyond, and through the academic disciplines.
  • Our Philosophy Program begins with wonder at the world and distinguishes itself through its quest for wisdom and to a way of knowing that acknowledges its own limitations.
  • The study of philosophy at LVC opens the world to an ethical analysis, the contemplation of its beauty, an inquiry into normative values and structures, and to reading, writing, and research that follows its curiosity wherever it leads and seeks to solve problems whenever possible.
  • Philosophy transforms natural curiosity into a powerful tool for understanding the challenges of life in the 21st century. We are less interested in the answers to these questions; rather, we believe that LVC’s mission of a transformative education is achieved through pathways of inquiry and the examined life.

My LVC education, and philosophy training in particular, helped me become comfortable operating in the gray areas, that is, facing complex issues with many variables where there is seldom one right answer.

Director of Client Experience, Geneva Global

Ryan Derfler '04

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