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2016-2017 Catalog



Professor Panichas, Head; Associate Professors Gildenhuys, Giovannelli, McLeod, Shieber; Assistant Professor Masto

The study of philosophy helps students to think critically, to understand and enjoy the literature of philosophy, and to make reasonable decisions relevant to the problems of contemporary life.

Courses include logic, philosophy of science, ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy of mind, philosophy of art, and existentialism. All of the courses emphasize the precise, logical use of language and the exercise of careful judgment and judicious evaluation in thinking. Students are encouraged to broaden their study with special topic courses. Recent courses have included the aesthestics of films, death, and feminist philosophy. Individualized tutorials are available for selected students who wish to study a specific philosophical problem or philosopher in depth.

Majors are encouraged to consider course work in several related disciplines to give them a broad background in the humanities, the sciences, or both.

Philosophy Courses