The Philosophy department at Columbia Secondary School is a seven-year, vertically-aligned sequence intended to develop students' abilities to creatively problem solve, probe, and think deeply about the world around them. In middle school, Philosophy centers as a discussion course; in high school, students explore Rhetoric & Logic (9); Ethics and Aesthetics (10); Political Philosophy (11); and Existentialism (12). 

The Philosophy students at CSS produce a student-run journal, Contrariwise, which ponders our philosophical questions, great and small.

Contrariwise asks the CSS Community to respond to student-generated Infrequently Asked Questions here


Daniel Attridge

English Teacher

Professor Daniel Attridge has been part of the Columbia Secondary School family since 2...

Janine Avril

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John Beletsky

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Lauren Davis

English + Philosophy Teacher

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Erin Flaherty

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Laura Huzzy

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Huda Khalil

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Kelsey Kilduff

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Joseph Reilly

English + Philosophy Teacher

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Leslie Seifert

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