Dive deep into the greatest and most enduring problems of human existence, drawing from the wells of wisdom and experience in the Christian tradition.
Philosophy literally means “the love of wisdom.” At Calvin, we practice this love in the context of Christian faith, whether you are a philosophy major or want to add skills in critical thinking and careful examination to another discipline. Join the discussion and challenge your understanding of being and knowing, culture and technology, meaning and beauty, ethics and business, and the very nature of God.
The world-class philosophy education you’ll get at Calvin is built on a tradition of excellence. Calvin College consistently produces and attracts some of the most influential minds in the discipline.
Presidents of the American Philosophical Association were either alums or teachers in Calvin’s philosophy department.
of 2016 philosophy graduates were employed or in grad school one year after graduation.
of philosophy majors are double majors.
by Kevin Timpe
We're all worse off when we exclude people with disabilities from our communities.
Disability and Inclusive Communities intends to help readers learn how to build communities that fully include people with disabilities. Often our social practices unintentionally exclude those with disabilities by making it difficult for them to fully participate in the community. These practices hurt those whom we exclude. But they are also bad for our communities as a whole. Our communities—from our churches to our schools to our workplaces—are worse off when we exclude those with disabilities. We miss out on the opportunity to learn from complex, complete human beings who experience life in different ways. We miss out on becoming the Body of Christ in all its fullness. But our communities become better places for everyone when we pursue policies and practices of inclusion. Good intentions aren’t enough. We need good social practices to make our communities more inclusive. For when we do that, all of us are better off.
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Caring for Place
Members of the Calvin community pursue the welfare of the city
Spark, September 01, 2018
Supporting the next wave of intellectual discovery at Calvin College
2017 Templeton Prize winner Alvin Plantinga is using nearly half of his winnings to support faculty research, student scholarship at his alma mater.
News & Stories, December 13, 2017
History students create mental health exhibit for public museum
Three Calvin students' class project has spurred an exhibit at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.
News & Stories, October 31, 2017
Alvin Plantinga receives Templeton Prize at Field Museum
On Sunday, September 24, Alvin Plantinga ’54, the 2017 Templeton Prize laureate was formally honored at a celebration held at the Field Museum in Chicago.
News & Stories, September 28, 2017
The fabric of our neighborhoods
Lee Hardy's essay about urban issues.
Spark, September 01, 2017
Templeton Prize laureate shares thoughts on Christianity and philosophy
Spark, September 01, 2017
Restless: On the Road with Augustine
Journeying with the perfect patron saint for our age
Spark, June 05, 2017
Calvin College student named Lilly Graduate Fellow
Aaron Abma, a philosophy and physics double major, is one of ten students selected in 2017 as a Lilly Graduate Fellow.
News & Stories, May 24, 2017
Alvin Plantinga awarded the 2017 Templeton Prize
Longtime Calvin professor and alum Alvin Plantinga is awarded the Templeton Prize, recognizing his revolutionary thinking in Christian philosophy.
News & Stories, April 25, 2017
Animals and the Kingdom of God Lecture Series celebrates 10th anniversary
On April 4, Calvin College hosts a lecture series that amplifies Christian scholarly voices in a discussion often shaped by secular perspectives.
News & Stories, March 27, 2017
On the shoulders of giants
Peter Kreeft ’59, Distinguished Alumni Award honoree
Spark, December 01, 2016
Calvin student guides urban planning effort in Appleton
Second year student Noah Schumerth's committed to finding a solution to Appleton’s zoning code that would best meet the demands of its residents.
News & Stories, November 17, 2016
Kevin Timpe begins as Jellema Chair
Kevin Timpe is the first full-time holder of The William Harry Jellema Chair in Christian Philosophy, which honors Calvin's first philosophy professor W.H. Jellema.
News & Stories, November 8, 2016
Fulbright scholar to map geography of refugees
Janaya Crevier ’16 will travel to Austria to explore the journeys of refugee families
Spark, June 15, 2016