Department of Philosophy

The study of philosophy explores the fascinating range of theories and worldviews that have been offered in humankind's attempt to comprehend reality. Majoring in philosophy is a good choice for many students, but especially those planning on advanced careers in business or those pursuing graduate work in the humanities or law. Many students even find it worthwhile to double major in philosophy and another field, such Philosophy and Biology as preparation for medical school.

Courses at Fort Lewis College provides a strong grounding in the history of philosophy, while acquainting students with contemporary theories and approaches in all four major areas of philosophy: metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and logic.

Philosophy classes here at Fort Lewis College encourage lively debate among students and professors over issues most central to our lives. The Philosophy Club sponsors numerous receptions, talks, and events. We also offer exciting off-campus experiences to students interested in combining philosophy with adventurous trips abroad.

Our small classes mean you get an individualized education from our expert faculty. Because our faculty focus on teaching, they work closely with their students, taking pride in keeping their office doors open, being involved in their students' progress, and tailoring their assistance to each learner's needs.  To learn more about our department, feel free to browse the website or download our brochure (PDF). If there is anything that we can do to help, please let us know.

Philosophy News & Updates

Monday, October 13, 2014
Skeptical Theism: New Essays

 Oxford University Press has published a short blog post explaining Dr. Justin McBrayer's co-edited book on skeptical theism.

Monday, September 22, 2014
Dr. Justin McBrayer  Dr. Justin McBrayer just published a paper defending a re-vamped version of Pascal’s Wager.  The gist?  Belief in God is good for you.
Sunday, August 31, 2014

Skeptical Theism: New Essays Dr. Justin McBrayer's co-edited book on skeptical theism has just been released by Oxford University Press! The volume is entitled Skeptical Theism: New Essays and was put together with a colleague from Baylor University.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
New York Times - Don't Dismiss the Humanities

"Don't Dismiss the Humanities" in the New York Times argues for the impact that philosophers have had on the way many of us see the contemporary world. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Dr. Sarah Roberts-Cady

Dr. Sarah Roberts-Cady will be giving a talk on the work of John Rawls and Non-human Animals at this year's Rocky Mountain Ethics (RoME) Congress in Boulder, Colorado.  Good work, Sarah!

Friday, May 02, 2014

Is Philosophy Obsolete? (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Philosophy Department is very proud to announce that Caleb Ontiveros, a 2014 graduate in philosophy, will be attending the PhD program at Notre Dame!  Congratulations, Caleb!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Kirk Raikes (December 2013 philosophy graduate) recently presented a paper on Foucault for an online philosophy conference.  See him here.  Congratulations, Kirk!

Friday, March 21, 2014
Dr. Justin McBrayer

Dr. Justin McBrayer has just reviewed a book on the epistemology of religion.  The review is available on Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews here.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Check out The Unexpected Way Philosophy Majors are Changing the World of Business, on the Huffington Post.  Did you know that the co-founder of Flickr and former HP CEO were both philosophy majors?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Dr. Justin McBrayer

Dr. Justin McBrayer has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Are you sure that a degree in the humanities makes graduates less employable than other majors like business or science?  Answer here.

Thursday, January 09, 2014
Dr. Sarah Roberts-Cady

Dr. Sarah Roberts-Cady and colleagues from the Department of Psychology have published new research demonstrating the comparative strength of critical thinking instruction in philosophy courses. Check it out here!

Monday, December 16, 2013

textbook on ethics Dr. McBrayer's co-edited textbook on ethics has just been released on Amazon!  Check out the article by Dr. Sarah Roberts-Cady on the full-face veil ban in France (chapter 22.3).

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Dr. Justin McBrayer and his family are interviewed by the Fort Lewis College Foundation on their work as family-in-residence for Animas Hall.

Friday, August 23, 2013
Dr. McBrayer's co-edited book on the problem of evil has just been released on Amazon!
Monday, August 19, 2013

 Which is better: an MBA or a degree in Philosophy?  A business student here at FLC recently shared this article from The Atlantic with us. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Be EmployableBe Employable, Study Philosophy.  Check out this article from a Canadian magazine!

Monday, June 03, 2013


The French Take Philosophy Seriously!  A BBC report on the stiff philosophical requirements of French higher education.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Dr. Sarah Roberts-Cady has been accepted as a participant in a 2013 summer workshop at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.  The workshop is entitled  Justice: Theory and Applications.  Congratulations, Sarah!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Dr. Justin McBrayer has been accepted as a participant in a 2013 summer workshop at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.  The workshop is entitled Moral Intuitionism: Epistemological and Methodological Aspects.  Congratulations, Justin!

Sunday, November 11, 2012
Fort Lewis students competed in their first ever Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl competition yesterday!  They won their initial debate despite eventually losing to the winner of the entire regional competition.  Good job Colin, Caleb, Jakob and Ryan!
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Dr. Justin McBrayer will be leading an innovative month trip to Greece this summer!  Students will earn both EGC and Philosophy credit as they explore both classical and contemporary Greek culture.
Monday, August 20, 2012
How Americans View Wealth and Inequality with insights from political philosopher John Rawls.
Thursday, August 09, 2012
One of our philosophy majors and recent graduates, Daniel Leighton, has accepted a job with Mercury Payment Systems here in Durango. Congratulations, Dan!
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
America the Philosophical?  So says a New York Times review...
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
One of our philosophy majors, Andy Bolton, has been accepted to a masters of library science program at the University of British Columbia.  Congratulations, Andy! 
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
One of our philosophy majors, Ursula Squire, has been accepted to law school.  Congratulations, Ursula! 
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Dr. Justin McBrayer is one of two 2012 recipients of the New Faculty Teaching Award.  Our department now has TWO teaching awards to its credit!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
One of our philosophy majors, Ryan Murphy, has been accepted to San Francisco State for graduate school in philosophy.  Congratulations, Ryan! 
Thursday, April 05, 2012
"Wealth or Waste? Rethinking the Value of a Business Major," as reported in The Wall Street Journal.  It turns out that employers want employees who have the breadth and critical thinking skills that come from a liberal arts degree. 
Thursday, March 22, 2012
An article in the New York Times entitled "Does it Matter Whether God Exists?" cites an article entitled "Skeptical Theism" recently published by Dr. Justin McBrayer. 
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Dr. Sarah Roberts-Cady has been promoted to full professor.  Congratulations, Sarah!
Monday, February 27, 2012
Dr. Justin McBrayer  is one of 20 PhD's to be chosen as a participant in this summer's St. Thomas Summer Seminar in Philosophy of Religion sponsored by the Templeton Foundation.
Thursday, December 01, 2011
The Wall Street Journal has released its data on the Best and Worst Jobs of 2011.  Guess who ranks at 16 out of 200 different jobs?  Philosophy! 
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Dr. Justin McBrayer's recent work in philosophy of religion is noted on the philosophy of religion blog the ex-apologist.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Dr. Justin McBrayer will be presenting a paper on counterpart theodicies as responses to the argument from evil at the 2012 Mountain/Pacific meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers in Santa Barbara, CA from January 11-13, 2012.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Dugald Owen will be giving at lecture entitled “Answering Agrippa: An Internalist Solution to the Regress Problem” at the Northwest Philosophy Conference in Portland, OR on Nov. 4th & 5th, 2011.
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
The department has received a grant from the Society of Christian Philosophers to bring renowned philosopher Dr. Linda Zagzebski to campus for a talk!
Friday, September 02, 2011
Dr. Justin McBrayer's paper "Are Skeptical Theists Really Skeptical? Sometimes Yes, and Sometimes No," is forthcoming in the International Journal for Philosophy of Religion.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Dr. Justin McBrayer's paper "Skepticism about the Argument from Divine Hiddenness," is forthcoming in the journal Religious Studies.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Dr. Sarah Roberts-Cady is the 2010-11 recipient of the Alice Admire Outstanding Teacher Award. Way to go, Sarah!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
2/16/11: Dr. Justin McBrayer has been chosen from a worldwide pool of applicants as one of 15 participants in the Knowing in Religion and Morality workshop at Purdue University sponsored by the Templeton Foundation.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Dr. Sarah Roberts-Cady's paper “Conflict of Interest in Industry-Sponsored Clinical Research,” is forthcoming in the International Journal of Applied Philosophy.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Congratulations to Philosophy major Dylan Leigh on winning the campus-wide Common Reading Experience Essay Contest. Way to go, Dylan!
Monday, September 20, 2010
"Lessons in Morality at West Point," as reported by the BBC
Friday, August 27, 2010
Philosophy major's mid-career pay is higher than those majoring in Business, Biology, Pscyhology, English, Sociology, Journalism, Anthropology, Art, etc. (from Payscale.com)

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2013-2014 Philosophy Club Schedule

Fall 2014

Monday September 8: 7-8:30pm Senate Chambers. Group gathering, light snacks (Ill provide) Meet and Greet/General discussions through the group and an introduction to what will be going on throughout the semester.

Monday September 22: 7-8:30pm Senate Chambers. Dr. Ryan Shriver, Visiting Professor of Philosophy at FLC, "What are the differences between Eastern and Western philosophy?"

Monday September 29: 6-7:30 Vallecito Room. Dr. Michael Huemer, Professor of Philosophy at CU-Boulder, "The Illusion of Authority." Reception afterwards.

Monday October 20: 7-8:30 Senate Chambers. Debate on the merits of democracy.

Monday November 3: 7-8:30 Senate Chambers. Dr. William Mangrum, Visiting Professor in Composition at FLC, topic TDB

Monday November 17: TBD

Monday December 1: 7-8:30 Senate Chambers. Dr. Sarah Roberts-Cady, Professor of Philosophy at FLC, TBD.

Monday December 15: TBD