Department of Philosophy and Religion


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Welcome to the Department of Philosophy and Religion. The department currently consists of eighteen faculty members covering a range of specialties and close to 80 students majoring in philosophy. We offer undergraduate programs leading to the B.A. degree with three distinct areas of emphasis:

We also offer minors in both Philosophy and Religion.

We are located in 126D Hardin Hall. Although Hardin is the oldest academic building on Clemson's campus, a major restoration effort completed in 2002 has made it one of the most technologically advanced classroom buildings on campus. Click here to see our location on the campus map.

We have regular departmental colloquia and sponsor various other events on campus. On Saturday, March 27, at 3:00 in ASC 118 Oxford philosopher Jeff McMahan will give a paper entitled "Eating Animals The Nice Way". More information can be found here. Check the News and Events page for other upcoming talks. Recent speakers have included Susan Wolf (UNC), Douglas MacLean (UNC), Dan Haybron (St. Louis), C.D.C. Reeve (UNC), Iakovos Vasiliou (CUNY), Amelie Rorty (Tufts), Bernard Harcourt (Chicago), and John Protevi (Louisiana State). 

Recent publications from our faculty:

  • Candice Delmas, "Samaritanism and Political Legitimacy", Analysis (2014)
  • Andrew Wells Garnar, "Hickman, Technology, and the Postmodern Condition", Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology (2012) 
  • Christopher Grau (with Cynthia Pury), "Attitudes Towards Reference and Replaceability", The Review of Philosophy and Psychology (2014)
  • Steven Grosby, "Methodological Individualism and Invisible Hands", in Robert Garnett, Paul Lewis, Lenore Ealy (eds.), Commerce and Community, Routledge (2014) 
  • Todd May, A Significant Life:  Human Meaning in a Silent Universe, University of Chicago Press (2015)
  • Gregory S. Moss, “Four Paradoxes of Self-Reference”, Journal of Speculative Philosophy (2014)
  • Stephen Satris, "Wittgenstein's Lectures on Religious Belief", Philosophical Investigations (2013)
  • Mashal Saif, "Notes from the Margins: Shi‘a Political Theology in Contemporary Pakistan", Journal of Shi'a Islamic Studies (2014) 
  • Kelly Smith, "Manifest Complexity: A Foundational Ethic for Astrobiology?" is forthcoming in Space Policy.
  • David Lee Stegall, "Nicholas Waghorn, Nothingness and the Meaning of Life: Philosophical Approaches to Ultimate Meaning Through Nothing and Reflexivity", Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 02.37 (2015)
  • Benjamin White, Remembering Paul: Ancient and Modern Contests over the Image of the Apostle, Oxford University Press (2014)
  • Daniel Wueste, "Promoting Integrity Integritively: Avoiding the Scylla and Charybdis of Abdication and Zealotry”, Research in Ethical Issues in Organizations, Volume 12, Emerald Group Publishing Limited (2014)

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