Samford University's Philosophy Department equips students to think in an informed and reflective way about the perennially important issues of life—morality, the nature of truth and reality, how we know the world, beauty and art, faith and reason, evil and suffering, justice and society. Students learn to formulate opinions on these issues by engaging the best representatives in the history of philosophy, and develop the skills of inquiry, analysis, communication, and decision-making that will distinguish them in any profession.Our majors earn prestigious fellowships, attend top graduate programs and answer callings in disciplines ranging from business and ministry to education and health care.

Stephen Bailey
Most classes I have taken taught me about the world– about civilizations and nature, art and engineering. But in Samford's philosophy classes, I learned about myself– my intellectual heritage, my role in society, the limits of my knowledge. Majoring in a science honed the technical skills I routinely use now, but majoring in philosophy made me a better friend, husband and citizen. Stephen Bailey, Ph.D. candidate in Educational Neuroscience, Vanderbilt University

In the Department of Philosophy, we focus on these questions and how they have been answered over the 2,500 year history of philosophical discussions. Our students learn to read, discuss, and critique the great ideas and arguments that have shaped our Western intellectual culture. Because our professors encourage active, rich discussion of  issues vitally important to society in general and to the university in particular, our community plays an indispensable role in Samford's fulfillment of its mission as a Christian university.

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Montás Describes Higher Calling of Education, Beyond Career Preparation
Montás, an American literature scholar at Columbia College and former director of the college’s Center for Core Curriculum, emphasized the value of liberal education in his Oct. 10 address. 
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Cyr, Sansom to Present at Philosophy Conference
Samford University faculty are active in scholarship as well as teaching, modeling research and professional engagement for next generations of scholars. Philosophy professors Taylor Cyr and Dennis Sansom will continue that tradition as they present their work at the annual conference of the Alabama Philosophical Society Sept. 27-28.  
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Samford Chosen as Potential Host for Science and Religion Fellowships
Samford University is one of 20 institutions selected as a potential host for prestigious three-year postdoctoral research fellowships in the field of science and religion, based at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Divinity.