Depression: Some Lessons for Philosophers

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Timothy Schroeder is a professor of philosophy at Rice University. His areas of interest include topics such desire, addiction, and moral responsibility.


Cancelled: Climate Ethics: A Discussion with J. Baird Callicott

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Please note that this event has been cancelled.

J. Baird Callicott '63 retired as University Distinguished Research Professor and Regents Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Texas in 2015. He is co-Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy, as well as an author of numerous books, journal articles, and book chapters in environmental philosophy and ethics. His most recent book, Thinking Like a Planet: The Land Ethic and the Earth Ethic, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013.
There will be a reception preceding the lecture at 5:00 pm in Blount Lobby and a panel discussion following Dr. Callicott's remarks with Dr. Jeff Jackson, Assoc. Professor and Chair, History; Dr. Leigh Pittenger, Asst. Professor, Religious Studies; and Dr. Rebecca Tuvel, Asst. Professor, Philosophy.

Senior Seminar

All majors will participate in the Senior Seminar (offered during spring semester), which is a capstone experience for their work in Philosophy. The seminar culminates with a 30-page paper that articulates and synthesizes the student’s position on philosophical issues. Students are encouraged to think in advance of the topics on which they would like to concentrate in developing a comprehensive philosophy. Ideally, the Junior Research Seminar should involve work that enables the student to flesh out and develop his/her special areas of concern.


Rhodes College has a long-standing commitment to promoting service activities. The philosophy department has participated in Rhodes’ efforts to utilize Service Learning as an effective tool for learning and assessing complex ideas. Consequently, courses in American Philosophy, Optimism/Pessimism and Theory of Knowledge have included service-learning components. Typically, students integrate course material with service experience in a paper presented to the class at the end of the semester.

Graduate Study

Graduate Study

For students planning on continuing work at the graduate level, the GRE is required.  Students are encouraged to begin exploring schools during their junior year. Most application deadlines are early January, so you’ll want to be sure to take the GRE in time (usually September or early October) for scores to arrive at the schools to which you are applying.



The philosophy department annually offers the Laurence F. Kinney Prize to the outstanding senior member of the department. The recipient is chosen on the basis of excellent grades as well as excellence as a well–rounded student of philosophy.


Recent recipients include: 

Patrick Harris, 2013

Benjamin Freed, 2011

Mark Wadley, 2010

Jennifer Gaffney, 2009

Dave Badham, 2008