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Study Philosophy at Calvin

A premiere philosophy department

The philosophy department of Calvin College houses one of the finest undergraduate philosophy programs in the nation. Calvin's philosophy department was the undergraduate and/or teaching home of four American Philosophical Association Presidents—Alvin Plantinga, Nicholas Wolterstorff, William Frankena and O. K. Bouwsma.

Professor Lee Hardy


Global Outreach

The philosophy department at Calvin has spent many years building strong ties with philosophers at universities in China. The partnerships that have formed can be seen in the Values and Virtues exchange.

Noted scholars

The department's current faculty includes noted scholars in such fields as philosophy of religion, aesthetics, cultural criticism, ethics & moral philosophy, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, continental philosophy and the history of philosophy who continue to contribute to the life of Christian philosophy—both nationally and internationally.

The Conscious Persons Project

Thursday through Saturday, April 23 –25, at Calvin College

The project consists of an invitation only workshop and two public lectures by David Chalmers, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Consciousness at Australian National University and Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness at New York University.

Chalmers’ lectures will be held in the Commons Lecture Hall on Thursday April 23rd at 7 p.m. and Saturday April 25th at 6:30 p.m.  
Thursday April 23rd

An Argument for Panpsychism
7 p.m. Commons Lecture Hall

Saturday April 25th
Consciousness and The Collapse of The Wave Function
630 p.m. Commons Lecture Hall

For more information see poster here or contact Professor Kevin J. Corcoran at or phone 616-526-6636. 

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Professor Corcoran and student Paul Manata, are featured in Calvin News and Stories for their work on the Conscious Persons Project, held at Calvin April 23-25, 2015.

Professor Van Dyke is featured in Calvin News and Stories for her work on similarties with Aquinas' view of the afterlife and Twilight.

Professors DeYoung & Hardy are featured in Calvin News & Stories for their work in local prisons.

Read Prof. Hardy's story about "Teaching Ethics, Learning Grace"

Read Prof. DeYoung's recent article "New Life in the Desert: Monastic Wisdom for Public Life"

Professor DeYoung has written a new book, Vainglory: The Forgotten Vice, published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

Professor Hardy has written a new book, Nature's Suit, published by Ohio University Press.

Nature's Suit


Read The Little Logic Book, recently published by Calvin Press. Written by Calvin philosophy faculty: Lee Hardy, Del Ratzsch, Rebecca De Young and Gregory Mellema.

Little Logic Book

A new book has come out by Prof. Smith Discipleship in the Present Tense: Reflections on Faith and Culture.

James K. A. Smith Discipleship in the Present Tense

Listen to distinguished guest lecturer Dr. Norman Wirzba (Duke Divinity School) as he gives the two 2013 Jellema Lectures, Idolizing Nature: The Way of Destruction and Seeing Creation: The Way of Love