The Philosophy and Religious Studies Department

Philosophy and Religious Studies are two different ways of approaching the most fundamental questions about human existence: How do we relate to the world around us? What can we be sure of? Is there some basic truth that holds all other truths together?

Philosophy has traditionally sought answers to these and other questions through the proper use of rational thought, the application of human intellect to the mysteries of the world around us. Religions have looked for the answers in human connection with the divine, the power that creates and directs the human world and interacts with human beings in community.

Philosophy Video


The field of Religious Studies is concerned with all forms and manifestations of religious faith in world culture, past and present. Both Philosophy and Religious Studies give students the opportunity to examine some of the most fundamental issues in a liberal education, and so provide a basis for life-long learning.

Religious Studies Video

Contact the Department:

Mailing address

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Allegheny College Box #8
520 North Main St
Meadville PA 16335

Ashley Wright (Building Coordinator)
Office Location: Odd Fellows Hall, Room 205
Office Hours: M-F: 7:30am-4pm
Phone Number: (814) 332-4343

Eric Boynton (Chair of Philosophy and Religious Studies Department)
Office Location: Odd Fellows Hall, Room 117
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9:00am – 10:30am, 1:00pm – 2:30pm and by appointment
Phone Number: (814) 332-3621