Department Chair: Derek Turner
"[Philosophy produces] a liberated logical imagination. . ." Suzanne Langer in Mind: An Essay in Human Feeling
We live in a world of daunting and profound questions — What can we truly know? What is our true nature? What is the best way to live? — answering which requires, no doubt, a "liberated logical imagination." There may, therefore, be no better way to search for those answers than to study philosophy at Connecticut College.
For many years, the department of philosophy was the home of one of America's preeminent philosophers, Suzanne Langer (1895-1985). Today, the department is known for the breadth of courses it offers, covering not only the whole long history of philosophy starting from ancient times, but also both the continental and analytic traditions of contemporary philosophy. Its curriculum also reflects the College's emphasis on interdisciplinary studies with courses that cut across boundaries into the arts, the sciences, religion, environmental studies and more.