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The Philosophy program at the Reed College deals with some of the most enduring and challenging problems and with the attempts we have made to solve them. The following questions are typical: What do we know and how do we know it? Do we project our values onto the world or find them there?


Do we invent mathematical truths or discover them? Are we responsible for what we do, or are we helpless victims of our genetic endowment, environment, and upbringing? How can we justify our judgments about the merits of novels, paintings, poems, films, and symphonies? Are we complex animals or simplified angels, minds or molecules? What are goodness, truth, and beauty? Is there anything in the world besides matter in motion?

These questions are examined in most of the philosophy department's courses, but not all courses examine them in the same way or presuppose the same degree of sophistication. The number of a course is a good guide to its intended level. The 200-level courses are intended for sophomores, 300-level courses for juniors, and 400-level courses for seniors. A qualified student, however, may gain admission to a course of any level by consent of the instructor.


Philosophy program at the Reed College also offers courses in the political science and mathematics departments in classical political philosophy, modern political philosophy, Hegel and Marx, judgment, and mathematical logic.

Some students study philosophy together with another subject, such as religion, mathematics, literature, political science, or biology. Students who wish to include philosophy in an interdisciplinary major are required to take Logic, Introduction to Philosophy, and four other philosophy courses (besides the senior thesis), to be chosen in consultation with an adviser in the philosophy department.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Metaphysics
  • Ethics
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Persons and Their Lives
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Modern Philosophy

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TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Common Application
  • Reed Writing Supplement
  • Self-reported SAT or ACT scores if available (neither will be used in our evaluation)
  • School Report (completed by your counselor; this form is available through the Common Application)
  • Counselor recommendation
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official college transcripts (for any college you have attended, whether or not you want credit for those courses at Reed)
  • Two Teacher Evaluations (from two different academic disciplines; must be different from the counselor recommendation, as well)
  • Early Decision Agreement
  • (ED I and ED II applicants only, must be signed by the applicant, parent/guardian, and high school counselor)

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1271 - 2262 USD /month
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