goals for students in the philosophy department are as follows:
- Students will study the thought of major figures in the
history of philosophy and thereby to educate themselves regarding the
ideas, values, and philosophical perspectives that shape our civilization,
and to a significant degree, provide the context in which the front-line
debates of our time occur.
- Students will investigate the traditional philosophical
areas of metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and/or social & political
thought and to see how these issues stand behind concerns or interests
they may have in science and religion, or regarding social issues from
abortion to economic justice, or simply in pursuing the nature and meaning
of a well-lived life.
- Students will develop their abilities to read closely,
analyze carefully, reason critically, evaluate responsibly, and think
- Students will develop their ability to give both oral
and written expression to their ideas, arguments and reasoning.