Program  Information

Michael Taber, Chair
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Penny Shissler, Office Clerk
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Program Highlight

The department offers a major and minor in Philosophy and a major and minor in Religious Studies. As an active and energetic department, we are committed towards an intercultural, international and interdisciplinary understanding of the world. We teach across the traditional fields of philosophy and religious studies, and beyond the cultural divides of East and West. Departmental faculty likes to teach in a variety of venues (Nitze Program; Women, Gender and Sexuality; Environmental Studies; Asian Studies; African and African Diaspora Studies), to take students on study tours (Greece, Germany/Poland, India, Thailand, and, in the future, England and Israel), and to bring questions of global relevance to the campus communities through scheduling events with renowned speakers and activists.

Sybol Cook Anderson
Associate Professor of Philosophy

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Departments: Philosophy and Religious Studies
Office: Margaret Brent Hall 207
Phone: (240) 895-4278


Sybol Cook Anderson (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University) is an associate professor of philosophy, specializing in social and political philosophy, Hegel, ethics, and the philosophy of race.  She teaches courses in ethics (including the philosophy of love), social and political philosophy, early modern philosophy, Africana philosophy, and Continental philosophy. She is also Director of the DeSousa-Brent Scholars Program. Her current research focuses upon recognition theory, oppression theory, and the philosophy of race. 

Professor Anderson is a former Ford Foundation Fellow and a recipient of the Maryland Higher Education Commission's Henry C. Welcome Fellowship. She is author of Hegel’s Theory of Recognition: From Oppression to Ethical Liberal Modernity (Continuum International Publishers, 2009), co-editor with Robert Bernasconi of Race and Racism in Continental Philosophy, and co-editor, with Ellen K. Feder and Karmen MacKendrick, of A Passion for Wisdom: Readings in Western Philosophy on Love and Desire.