Philosophy Department

Philosophy Department Learning Goals

Learning goals for students in the philosophy department are as follows:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Students will develop their abilities to read closely, analyze carefully, reason critically, evaluate responsibly, and think creatively.
  4. Students will develop their ability to give both oral and written expression to their ideas, arguments and reasoning.