Philosophy at Carleton

Contemporary philosophy deals with an enormous range of questions and issues. This includes questions that are traditionally associated with philosophy: "What is the nature of the world I live in?" "What kind of life ought I to lead?" "What can I know?" But philosophy also addresses issues such as the nature of nation states, how we can best understand what a mind is, our ethical relation to the environment, what it is that makes artistic expression significant and how advances in natural science change our conception of the world and our place in it.

The faculty in the Philosophy Department represent a wide variety of specializations within the discipline, and we supplement this diversity with a distinguished visiting professor each year. In addition, we have a very strong interdisciplinary orientation in our curriculum, which includes both interdisciplinary courses and several courses taught jointly with faculty from other departments and programs.