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Inspired by wonder, philosophy bends the mind and sharpens the wits while confronting life’s deepest questions.

Philosophy encompasses the study of knowledge, reason, existence and value. Philosophers consider the nature of the universe, humanity’s place in it and the proper conduct of individual and social life. Students who study philosophy at DePauw participate in mind-bending class discussions that address fundamental life questions. They learn the history and methods of philosophy and its subdisciplines, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, the philosophy of science, the philosophy of law, aesthetics and the philosophy of sex and gender.

Graduate & internships


Baylor University, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, Georgetown University Law • Howard University, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Indiana University School of Medicine, Loyola University, Chicago, Southern Methodist University, Stony Brook University, New York, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Washington University Yale Law School


Budget analyst, mayor’s office, Greencastle, Ind., Jordanian Embassy, Washington D.C., Criminal defense attorney, Bloomington, Ind., Policy analyst for a member of Congress, Washington D.C., Indiana State Senate, Indianapolis, Reforestation, education and community development project, Ranomafana, Madagascar, Interior design, Naples, Fla.



Madison is a philosophy major and psychology minor and a member of DePauw’s Bioethics Bowl and Ethics Bowl teams. She plans to pursue her master’s degree in health administration at Cornell University.


Mariam is a philosophy and global health double major who is minoring in chemistry. She is an honor scholar and a Bonner scholar who volunteers at a senior center and the Special Olympics. She plans to go to medical school at the University of Louisville to study pediatric medicine.

Career & courses


Business and technology, Education, Government and public service, Health care, Law, Public policy


History of Western Philosophy, Ethical Theory, Environmental Ethics, Logic, Philosophy of Law, Moral Epistemology, Philosophy of Sex and Gender, Ethics and Business, War and Terrorism


Daniel Shannon, Ph.D., University of Toronto. Research interests: German idealism, medieval philosophy. Edited, translated
and provided commentary in “Spirit: Chapter Six of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit.”

Jeff Dunn, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Research interests: epistemology, philosophy of science. Edited the collection “Epistemic Consequentialism.”Secretary-treasurer of the eastern division of the American Philosophical Association.

Marcia McKelligan, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Research interests: bioethics, death, early modern philosophy. Coached two national championship Ethics Bowl and Bioethics Bowl teams, 2012 and 2013.

Erik Wielenberg, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Research interests: meta-ethics, moral psychology, philosophy of religion. Visiting fellow at the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of St. Andrews, 2014-15.

Jeremy Anderson, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine. Research interests: political philosophy, early modern philosophy. Visiting professor of professional ethics, U.S. Air Force Academy, 2005-06.

Jennifer Everett, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder. Research interests: environmental philosophy, interdisciplinary environmental topics (consumption and waste; plastic pollution; materiality studies). Co-director of DePauw’s Environmental Fellows Program since 2014.

Rich Cameron, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder. Research interests: ancient philosophy, climate change, metaphysics, fake news.

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