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Introduction to Values

How and why do we make decisions? Where do we get our values? Study issues such as capital punishment, privacy, death with dignity, racism & sexism.

What matters? What matters to you?

Philosophy is the study of fundamental questions about the nature of reality and our place within it. It involves unearthing and evaluating assumptions that we normally take for granted. Philosophical questions arise in all areas of study and human activity, such as:

  • the nature of scientific knowledge,
  • how we can distinguish good from bad reasoning,
  • the justification of belief in God,
  • the foundation (if any) of morality.

The philosophy department at Alma College has a particular strength in the area of applied ethics, but aims to provide a solid grounding in all the core areas of philosophy.

Whether you major or minor in philosophy or just take a single class in philosophy,we aim to engage your interest in examining issues that are relevant to your everyday lives well beyond college.