Courses in the Philosophy department provide students with a background in the history of philosophy, and develop competence in the analysis and evaluation of philosophical problems.


Tournament of Debate Champions

International_Debate_1The Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Round Robin welcomes the 16 best debate teams in the world to campus for one of the most prestigious international tournaments this weekend. Through…
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Mississippi Humanities Council Names Boyce ’92 Teacher of the Year

Boyce KristenIn January, the Mississippi Humanities Council recognized Kristin Boyce ’92 — an assistant professor of philosophy and religion, and a faculty fellow in the Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College…
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HWS Debate Has Two Strong Showings

debateThe HWS Debate team earned both team and individual awards at Novice Nationals and at the Cornell Intervarsity tournament, hosted at Cornell University in February. The two competitions featured 208…
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Political Theorist Michael Walzer to Lecture at HWS   

Walzer MichaelThis spring, one of America’s foremost political thinkers will address one of the hottest issues debated in the United States during a talk at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Michael…
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Mann Explores Science Denial at Climate Change Colloquium

madhouse effectThe Hobart and William Smith Climate Change and Philosophy Colloquium concluded on Monday, Nov. 12 with a talk from Michael E. Mann, a pioneering climate scientist and distinguished professor of atmospheric science and director…
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