ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study Philosophy at Goucher?


William James said philosophy is “the habit of always seeing an alternative.” By creating alternatives, philosophy holds out the promise of shaping a better world. This lies at the heart of our mission. We teach students to reflect on the meaning and significance of their own experiences by posing questions they may not yet have the means to answer. In fact, the work of philosophy is not so much to produce definitive answers as it is to question given answers, to interrogate our basic assumptions and habits of thought. The philosophy program at Goucher College cultivates this critical standpoint by emphasizing both the history of philosophy and the practice of philosophizing.

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?


Students develop many transferable skills that can be can be used in a variety of careers, including analytical and organizational thinking, research, oral and written communication, problem solving, diverse data integration, adaptation to change, persuasion, and digestion of complicated materials.

Goucher’s unique mission and liberal arts curriculum helps students master the skills employers overwhelmingly want in job candidates. After graduation, many of our students attend top graduate programs, while others embark on careers in fields such as in business, nonprofit organizations, government, law, medicine, ministry, finance, psychology, counseling, diplomacy, and ethics.

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?


You will study the history of philosophy, discovering that the discipline has changed dramatically over the centuries in both its content and its character. You will practice philosophy, developing skills of analysis and methodological self-awareness to help you make good judgments and begin solving contemporary problems. And you will engage in close readings of primary texts, learning not only how philosophical thought has continually put its own truths into question, but how many of our most familiar academic disciplines began as philosophic questions.

Faculty

Major & Minor Program Contacts
Philosophy: John Rose

Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty
Steven DeCaroli, Associate Professor of Philosophy: Contemporary Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy, Aesthetics

Margret Grebowicz, Associate Professor of Philosophy: 20th and 21st Century Continental philosophy, critical animal studies, environmental philosophy, gender and sexuality

John Rose, Professor of Philosophy: Phenomenology, Gadamerian Hermeneutics, Nietzsche, Derridian Deconstruction, Existentialism, 18th and 19th century Continental Thought, Ancient Greek Philosophy, Late Classical Philosophy, Neoplatonism, Philosophy of Time, Philosophy of Theater, Metaphysics

Part-Time Faculty
Asad Naqvi

Affiliate Faculty
Uta Larkey, Alison Lohr, Nancy Hubbard

Study Abroad

By studying abroad, choosing three-week intensive courses led by Goucher faculty or semester programs suited to their academic plans, Goucher philosophy students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study. Visit the Office of International Studies for more information.

Opportunities & Internships

Student Clubs


Veritas: The Philosophy Club / Annual Philosophy Conference

The student members of the Goucher College Philosophy Club directly plan and organize the department's annual undergraduate philosophy conference. The conference began in 2004 and attracts participants from the United States and Canada. In past years the conference's keynote speakers have included:

2015: Dominic Pettman, New School for Social Research

2014: James Risser, Seattle University

2013: Peg Birmingham, DePaul University

2012: Lisa Guenther, Vanderbilt University

2011: Babette Babich, Fordham University

2010: Len Lawlor, Penn State University

2009: Jason Read, University of Southern Maine

2008: Nancy Holland, Hamline University

2007: John Carvalho, Villanova University

2006: Eduardo Mendieta, SUNY Stonybrook

2005: Walter Brogan, Villanova University

2004: Alphonso Lingis, Penn State University

Veritas - Philosophy Club