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 Lee Hardy
In a culture long enamored of the suburban ideal, Lee Hardy invites readers to reconsider the many advantages of living and working in walkable city neighborhoods.
The Embrace of Buildings provides an overview of the key factors, topics, and issues in Anglo-American urbanism: the origins and development of the suburban ideal, the role of federal policies and spending priorities in shaping the built environment, the rise of the private automobile as the primary mode of transportation, the effects of functional zoning laws, the relation between the public realm and the quality of civic discourse, the influence of modernism on city planning, the impact of low-density development on public health, the connection between development and city budgets, the impact of urbanism on the environment, and the problem of gentrification. In a culture long enamored of the suburban ideal, Hardy invites his readers to reconsider the many advantages of living and working in walkable city neighborhoods—compact neighborhoods characterized by a fine network of pedestrian-friendly streets, mixed land uses, mixed housing types, and a full range of transit options. In addition, he investigates the role religion has played in defining American attitudes towards the city, and the difference church location makes in Christian ministry and mission.
An Illustrated Companion to The Embrace of Buildings by Lee Hardy
The illustrated companion to The Embrace of Buildings is a free online resource. The companion site offers visual examples of both good and poor uses of our built environment. Access the illustrated companion here.
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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
Templeton Prize laureate shares thoughts on Christianity and philosophy
Spark, September 06, 2017
The fabric of our neighborhoods
Lee Hardy's essay about urban issues.
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
Calvin remembers Clifton Orlebeke
Philosophy professor emeritus Clifton Orlebeke spent 35 years teaching at Calvin College.
News & Stories, October 18, 2016
Uniting Illinois with talk show education and conversation
Niala Boodhoo '96 hosts "The 21st," a talk show in Illinois.
News & Stories, July 25, 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