The Senior Program

Philosophy concentrators take the senior seminar, 550, in the fall of their senior year. In collaboration with others in a small course section, students in 550 complete a clear and focused piece of philosophical writing or project that they present publicly. The written and oral work should show that students have developed the philosophical skills that merit a degree in philosophy at Hamilton College.

Recent Senior Thesis projects include:

  • Kantian Conception of Public Justice: A Critique
  • On “Pond Scum”: Beyond Absolute Solitude
  • Moral Cognition in Intergroup Disagreement
  • The Inclusion of Sexual and Gender Minorities in Evolutionary Psychology Research
  • Against Fukuyama on Capitalism
  • Kuhn’s Incommensurability and Scientific Objectivity
  • The Necessity of Ego Dissolution for Moral Growth
  • Pero Tu Eres Gringa: Reimagining the Boundaries of Hispanic/Latine Identity through Embodied Perspectives
  • Cultivating Wonder for the Natural World
  • Pythagorean Women
  • Beauty as Unconcealment: Heidegger’s Revival of Aesthetic Truth
  • Implications of Philosophy in Solving Real-World Conflicts: How Different Types of Perspectivism Justify and Facilitate Gender Equality
  • “Focus on the Pain”: The Dilemma of the Moral Self and the Ethics of Narrative Representation in Editorial Photography
  • A Defense of the Traditional Account of Scientific Progress Against Thomas Kuhn
  • An Alternative View on Human Relations with Non-Human Species


Department Name

Philosophy Department

Contact Name

Russell Marcus, Chair

Office Location
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

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