At Gettysburg College, we see philosophy as a part of the well-lived life and as a bridge to all intellectual pursuits. Philosophy is not about memorizing the views of past thinkers, but about confronting the challenges and opportunities of the real world in ways that lead to insight, wisdom, and engagement.
The department offers a major and minor in Philosophy.
Related Program: Peace & justice studies minor
Hilary Landfried '13 discusses her Philosophy major and study abroad experiences.
A new book by Gettysburg College philosophy Prof. Steven Gimbel received a front-page review in Aug. 5’s New York Times Sunday Book Review.
Its title drawn from a Nazi epithet, Einstein’s Jewish Science: Physics at the Intersection of Politics and Religion explores how Talmudic habits of mind may have set the stage for Einstein’s insights. New York Times reviewer George Johnson called the book “original” and Gimbel “an engaging writer.”
Provided by Frederick Mahan, Class of 1952, the purpose of the Great Questions Grants is to encourage and assist students of Gettysburg College to reflect deeply on the perennial Great Questions all humans ask about faith and reason, values, meaning, and purpose. It supports interdisciplinary explorations of the connections between faith, values, and life, including education, career, interpersonal relationships, lifestyle, ethics, mortality, truth, and personal and social transformation.