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Philosophy

Faculty

Shaffer (chair), Fox, Press

Purpose

The word “philosophy” comes from two Greek words that mean love (philos) and wisdom (sophia), and throughout much of history, anyone who sought knowledge was called a philosopher. Philosophy students study the historical development of theories about the nature of knowledge, reality and values; and they learn how to assess such theories. Students develop abilities to think logically, to explore issues from different perspectives, and to present their ideas effectively in writing.

Programs

The philosophy major program of study covers the history of philosophy, logic and issues in philosophy that might be grouped as ethical, epistemological or metaphysical. The department also offers a minor in philosophy.

Activities

The Philosophy Department advises the Philosophy Club, which gives students informal social opportunities for discussions, debates and lectures. The department also hosts topical lectures and forums.

Careers

Philosophy majors go on to a variety of careers: law, ministry, teaching, civil service and management, to name a few. Indeed, the philosophy major is well suited for any career that values critical reasoning, logical problem solving and an ability to look at issues from many perspectives. Increasingly, the business world is looking for this kind of liberally educated person.