Philosophy and Religion

Courses in philosophy and religion expose Deerfield students to the sources, principles, and applications of the ideas that influence our actions and assign meaning to the human experience. Deerfield believes that as part of their education, students should examine their own values, and to do so properly it is helpful to be aware of some of the historical, philosophical, and theological foundations underlying their assumptions and beliefs.

  1. PHI100


  2. PHI300

    Philosophy of Happiness

  3. PHI310

    Philosophy of Art

  4. PHI400

    Political Philosophy

  5. PHI410

    Ethics of Artificial Intel.

  6. PHI420

    Inside Out: Coming to Terms With Climate Change

  7. PHI430

    Mind, Meaning and Reality

  8. PHI440

    Philosophy of Science

  9. REL300

    Native American Spirituality

  10. REL310

    Rel. of the World - Abrahamic

  11. REL320

    Rel. of the World - Dharmic

Faculty and Staff

  1. Jamie Brightman

    College Advisor, Phil & Rel Teacher
  2. Michael Cary

    History & Social Science Teacher
  3. Jan Flaska

    Dean of Ethical & Spiritual Life, PhilRel Teacher
  4. Doug Kremm

    Philosophy & Religious Studies Teacher, Dept. Chair

Frequently Asked Questions

Deerfield requires that students entering as ninth or tenth graders take a one‑term course in philosophy and religion during their time at Deerfield. The program is enhanced through visiting speakers and other on-campus events.

These courses address the foundations of ethical decision-making and the role of religion in both Eastern and Western cultures.

Junior and senior level courses give the student an opportunity to explore philosophical and religious ideas in greater depth and to see their connection to Eastern and Western cultures and political issues.

Numerous faith gathering, discussions and meditation groups are hosted throughout the year by the Office of Spiritual Life, the Center for Service and Global Citizenship, and by the Student Spiritual Life Council at Deerfield Academy.  Please contact Jan Flaska, Dean of Spiritual and Ethical Life, at, for more information.

Contact the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department

Doug Kremm

7 Boyden Lane, PO Box 87
Deerfield, MA 01342