Grapple with tough ethical questions. Examine political theories and contemporary feminist thought. Examine the ideas that have shaped the cultures both east and west. Learn and master the fine art of argument. Discover how language provides a clue to the world both seen and unseen. Learn to express beautifully why the beautiful is indispensable to human life.
Students can pursue a minor in philosophy.
Why study philosophy at Mary Baldwin University?
Students study philosophy at Mary Baldwin University because we provide a context in which the exploration of the self is empowered.
- acquire facility in determining the difference between good and bad reasoning
- acquire skill for recognizing what the Greeks called “The Excellences”
- refine their awareness of the real
- appreciate the power of wonder
The American Philosophical Association
American Philosophical Society
Ancient Philosophy Society
Habitat for Humanity
The Husserl Circle
The Heidegger Circle
North American Levinas Society
Philosophy Documentation Center
The Philosopher’s Index
Society of Biblical Literature
Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
Society for the Study of Africana Philosophy
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Service and Walk for Peace and Justice
In 1992 the Department of Philosophy and Religion, in concert with the local chapter of the NAACP, inaugurated an annual event that brings together the college and local communities. The event, held on the Martin Luther King Jr.’s holiday, begins with a candlelight march through the city of Staunton and culminates with a memorial service honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Both the march and service lift up the values of peace and justice for which Martin Luther King, Jr. lived and died. The service also encourages attendees to bring canned goods in support of the local area food bank.
Ethics Bowl Debate Team
Each February the Ethics Bowl Debate Team, made up of four or five Mary Baldwin students, participates in an “Ethics Bowl” competition with other colleges and universities in Virginia, an event sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. Recent debate topics include Ethics and War, Ethics and Political Campaigns, Ethics and Sports, and Ethics and Medicine.