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Courses in the Philosophy department provide students with a background in the history of philosophy, and develop competence in the analysis and evaluation of philosophical problems.


Student Profile: Matthew Nusom '23

Matthew Nusom '23

Majors: Philosophy and Enviromental Studies
Minor: Entrepreneurial Studies

“The Philosophy Department has equipped me with the tools I need to create constructive arguments. The program invites students to critically think in order to allow them to look at complex problems from various perspectives. The Philosophy Department was an influential reason for me joining the HWS Debate team which has opened doors of opportunity in terms of cultivating my communication skills. HWS is preparing me for my future by giving me the skills I need to defend my stance on difficult topics.”

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Philosophy News

Bekauri ’20 Heads to Medical School
Whelan-Small ’24 Named Newman Civic Fellow
Inaugural Debate Competition Held on Campus
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Spotlight: Recent Grad

Recent Grad

Richie Bonney '14

Current Position: Vice President of Sales at RevoluSun Massachusetts

Current Location: Wilbraham, Mass.

Majors: Philosophy and Public Policy

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Sample Courses

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Philosophy of Natural Science
We take up several questions central to the philosophy of science: What distinguishes science from non-science? What is inductive reasoning? When is data evidence for a theory? What is a law of nature? How does a scientific community modify theories or reject one theory and replace it with another? What role, if any, do values play in the scientific enterprise?