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Brandon E. Polite

Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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There are ample opportunities to enhance your studies in philosophy through independent research, off-campus study, and internships. These programs are integral to a Knox education, teaching you how to apply your skills in real world situations.

Research and Creative Work

Many of our majors -- and minors -- pursue College Honors or other research and creative projects. Some even present or perform their work at national and international conferences. Here are a few recent projects:

  • "Vagueness: A Failure of Communication," Shuy Chen '10, philosophy major.
  • "G.E.M Anscombe's "Modern Moral Philosophy," Adrienne Anderson '06, philosophy major, independent study/senior research funded by Ford Fellowship program.
  • "Virtual Bodies and Immortal Flesh: What Transhumanism's Valuation of the Human Body Means for Human Life," Jennifer Lynn Kaufman '13.
  • "Compatibilism and Counterfactuals," Nathan Lubchenco '04.
  • "How Does Pure Music Have Meaning?" Brandon Polite '03.
  • "Social Constructivism, Objectivity, and the Mind-Independent World," Sean Bulthaup '02.
  • "The Fetus's Right to Life: Why Species Membership Matters," Nicole DeHart '02.

Off-campus Study

Our students take advantage of the more than two dozen off-campus study programs. Here are a few of the places our students have studied in the past five years:

  • Spain
  • France
  • Germany
  • India


There's no better way to explore the possibilities of life after Knox than internships. Philosophy majors have held internships at the Newberry Library in Chicago and Habitat for Humanity International in Americus, Georgia. Recent internships by philosophy students include:

  • Summer Employment, Blooming Hill Farms, Blooming Grove, New York. Emily Myers, '05, philosophy major.
  • Wetland Intern with V3 Companies in Woodridge, Illinois. Tim Quirk, '05, philosophy major.

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