The Philosophy Department at West Chester University

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Student Highlights

campus Marci IrwinFourth Year Philosophy Major

"I am in my fourth year studying Philosophy at West Chester University. When thinking about switching my major from Psychology to Philosophy I went through a back and fourth struggle of which one would be more useful when I step out into " the real world". What I came to discover and now appreciate every day is that Philosophy is an amazing foundation for literally any passion one desires to pursue." - Read More

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William Davis William DavisPhilosophy/Political Science Dual Major

"I didn't choose to study Philosophy; Philosophy chose me. I wanted to go to law school, and chose a different major to do so--but Philosophy has prepared me in ways I couldn't even imagine. Philosophy began the study of sciences, humanities, education...all of that comes from Philosophy. I love studying Philosophy because now I can do whatever I want, and I'm prepared for what the world (and law school) has to give me. "

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leaves Carl Sandberg Philosophy major, Honors College

At the age of ten, Jostein Gaarder’s novel Sophie’s World introduced me to the history of philosophy. From that time on, I learned that there existed people who actually devoted their lives to search for answers to what many would call unanswerable questions. Earlier, I was usually discouraged to ask deeper so-called unanswerable questions: ”thinking such thoughts can make you mad,” I was told. After having read Gaarder’s novel, however, I was unstoppable. –  Read More

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Megan McCormick Megan McCormickB.A., '10

Hello all, my name is Megan McCormick and this is my senior year at West Chester University. Iíve always been an insatiably inquisitive being concerned with the circumstances of existence and fascinated by human consciousness. I began my education at West Chester as an undeclared major, and throughout my struggle to choose a field of study, Philosophy was a discipline that I continuously held in the back of my mind. After much exploration and consideration, I decided to go ahead and commit to it. I must admit that I had my apprehensions. –  Read More

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Kevin Basl Kevin BaslB.A., '10

Choosing to major in philosophy is a life-changing decision. You will not walk away from college with the attitude that you merely fell into a major, got your degree and got out. You will be full of ideas and well-crafted opinions, all backed by a drive to enact positive change in whatever life or career path you choose to pursue.  –  Read More

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campus ChrisFirst Year Philosophy Major

"Studying philosophy opens your mind to the greatest thinkers in human history and gives you the chance to formally grapple with the most challenging and intriguing ideas about the human experience, the nature of reality, and the nature of ethics."


What is philosophy?

Philosophy may sound dauntingly remote from daily concerns, but its basic questions "What can I know? What may I hope? What must I do?" actually pose themselves throughout any thinking person's journey. And the skills it teaches — close reading, careful thinking, and the critique of ideas — apply to most areas of human endeavor. A background in philosophy is thus excellent training for many careers, and matchless preparation for life itself.


Philosophy Major Amy Marvin named
College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Student of the Year for 2010


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108 Anderson Hall  -  West Chester University  -  West Chester, PA 19383  -  610-436-2841