Philosophy

What is the Self? How ought I live? What ought I do? What can I know? From day one, our Philosophy AOC at New College will challenge you to think like professional philosophers, immersing you in the critical examination of issues, positions and reasoning.

Our Philosophy faculty does not believe there are generally accepted philosophical results to teach; instead, you will learn to work critically with subtle, complex and contentious issues. Our classes are small but generate big conversations. Many of our students combine their interest in philosophy with another AOC, such as Art, Political Science, a foreign language or Psychology. And many students who do not major in Philosophy still take many of our courses. These students bring perspectives from other fields, generating lively and compelling conversations.

As a student here, you will explore philosophical issues such as:

• The nature of reality and our place in it as knowers and doers
• The ideals of knowledge, freedom and goodness
• The place of fundamental human activities (science, art, politics, religion) in the larger scheme

At New College, we believe developing skills in analysis, clarity and argument are crucial to a wide range of fields. Students who graduate from New College work in law, business, art, education, psychology, medicine, political science, economics and more. Many of our students pursue graduate school, including top graduate programs in philosophy itself.


Brilliantly [U]nique. [U]niquely Brilliant.

As part of the State University System of Florida, New College of Florida is one of the few public liberal arts and sciences honors colleges in the United States. We’re known for our record number of Fulbright Scholars (more per capita than Harvard, Stanford or Yale) and for the high rate of our students going on to graduate school. We offer an individualized, thought-provoking and challenging academic experience. What does that mean? Hands-on research conducted side by side with your professors. Small, intimate classes. Detailed narrative evaluations from your professors. Independent study required to graduate. All in a stunning location right on the water in Sarasota, Florida.

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Philosophy, eh?
When we surveyed our 1996–2007 philosophy graduates, 94% were employed or pursuing further education and 41% were working in the field of education.
(Take that, naysayers.)

Office of the Provost
New College of Florida
5800 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, Florida  34243

Phone: (941) 487-4200
Fax: (941) 487-4201
provost@ncf.edu