Forget the stereotype of the idle intellectual ruminating on great thoughts. At Hamilton, philosophy is about engagement — integrating what you learn in the classroom with the realities of a complex, changing world. Scholarship is a key to that process.
Some philosophy students pursue independent study with their faculty advisors. Recent independent studies have explored philosophy and film, theories of moral action and the aesthetics of nationalism. Other students work even more closely with professors. Their collaborative projects use philosophical theories and models to illuminate a fascinating variety of human endeavors. Hamilton students have been awarded Emerson Grants to collaborate with faculty members during the summer on topics ranging from forgery in the arts to Nietzsche's influence on the Harlem Renaissance.