Program Type:
  • Major
  • Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Study in philosophy is an essential component of a liberal arts education, as it develops skills essential to all intellectual pursuits. This interdisciplinary program encourages students to ask the “big questions” and helps them become critical and careful thinkers with the ability to analyze and address the hard questions.


Martin Thomson-Jones

Professor of Philosophy
Department Affiliation

Dale Alexander


Why Study Philosophy at Oberlin?

Variety of Courses
Associated Faculty
Study Away Programs

Sample Courses

  • PHIL 121 - Philosophy & Morality 4 credits
  • PHIL 225 - Environmental Ethics 4 credits
  • PHIL 231 - Philosophy of Music 4 credits
  • PHIL 345 - Law, Liberty, Privacy, and Property: Libertarianism and its Critics 4 credits

Philosophy News

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Philosophy in the Schools: Learning Through Teaching

April 10, 2019
A philosophy practicum bridges the distance between teaching and learning, showing that the two are symbiotic and inextricable. The course also facilitates outreach in the Oberlin community.