Dive deep into the greatest and most enduring problems of human existence, drawing from the wells of wisdom and experience in the Christian tradition.

Philosophy literally means “the love of wisdom.” At Calvin, we practice this love in the context of Christian faith, whether you are a philosophy major or want to add skills in critical thinking and careful examination to another discipline. Join the discussion and challenge your understanding of being and knowing, culture and technology, meaning and beauty, ethics and business, and the very nature God.

The world-class philosophy education you’ll get at Calvin is built on a tradition of excellence. Calvin College consistently produces and attracts some of the most influential minds in the discipline.

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  • 4

    Presidents of the American Philosophical Association were either alums or teachers in Calvin’s philosophy department.

  • 100%

    of 2014 philosophy graduates were employed or in grad school one year after graduation.

  • >50%

    of philosophy majors are double majors.

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Philosophy Comes to Dinner: Arguments About the Ethics of Eating

by Andrew Chignell, Terence Cuneo, Matthew C. Halteman

Everyone is talking about food. Chefs are celebrities. "Locavore" and "freegan" have earned spots in the dictionary.

Popular books and films about food production and consumption are exposing the unintended consequences of the standard American diet. Questions about the principles and values that ought to guide decisions about dinner have become urgent for moral, ecological, and health-related reasons. In Philosophy Comes to Dinner, twelve philosophers—some leading voices, some inspiring new ones—join the conversation, and consider issues ranging from the sustainability of modern agriculture, to consumer complicity in animal exploitation, to the pros and cons of alternative diets.

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