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Department of Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy offers an undergraduate major leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. It also offers minor programs for undergraduates as well as graduate-level courses for candidates for the Master of Arts degree in such fields as biomedical ethics, history, English, mathematics and the sciences.

The department’s course offerings are designed not only to provide knowledge and skills required for students whose main interest is in philosophy, but also to educate students in general about the intellectual issues that a reflective person is likely to encounter in various contexts of civilized life. The department emphasizes the relevance of philosophy to mathematics, computer science, the natural sciences, the social sciences, the humanities and arts, and law.

The major program in philosophy, besides offering a solid foundation for advanced study in philosophy and enriching programs in other disciplines, develops the skills for analytical and critical thinking, effective communication, and rational decision making needed in a wide range of endeavors. The program thus provides majors with unusual flexibility in the choice of subsequent careers, including law, medicine, and management, while complementing the pursuit of career objectives with a greater perspective and a richer quality of intellectual life.


Philosophy scholar to analyze ”Occupy” movement

Date posted: September 12th, 2014

Three years after the “Occupy” movement, Noah Smith, professor of philosophy at the University of Leeds, will offer a critical analysis of its mission, trajectory and final outcome. The event will take place Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 4 p.m. in Clark Hall 206 and is co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Inamori International [ more]

Feminist Reading Group

Date posted: September 8th, 2014

Feminist Reading Group Wednesdays, 7-9:00 pm Clark Hall, Room 308 Contact: Anne van Leeuwen   Description of the Group  The idea of this reading group is to provide a space to critically discuss important issues in contemporary feminism—feminism understood at once as a theoretical discourse and a political practice. One of the central [ more]


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