discipline of philosophy is really a process, an ongoing pursuit
of intellectual refinement, challenge and discovery, based on our
natural human desire to learn and to exercise good judgment in all
that we believe and do.
The philosophy program familiarizes students with the basic concepts
at work in every area of intellectual inquiry and provides skills
in constructing and evaluating arguments-whatever their subject
matter may be. As a critical approach to all academic disciplines,
philosophy helps us avoid overspecialization while enabling us to
see the discoveries of every other field in a coherent perspective.
Philosophy is an especially good major for those interested in pursuing
careers and graduate work in areas that demand wide-ranging knowledge
and critical reflection, such as law, diplomacy, teaching, public
administration and the health professions.
Particular strengths of the department include applied ethics, Social
and Political Philosophy, Continental Philosophy,Philosophy of Feminism,
Law, Religion, Art, Language, Science, and The Historyof Ideas.