Philosophy Department

Philosophy Department Learning Goals

  1. To provide students with the opportunity to 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 civilization, and to a significant degree, provide the context in which the front-line debates of our time occur.
  2. To provide the student with opportunities to 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.
  3. To nurture students' abilities to read closely, analyze carefully, reason critically, evaluate responsibly, and think creatively.
  4. To develop student’s ability to give both oral and written expression to their ideas, arguments and reasoning.