Professor Wallace, Chairperson
Professors Dardis, Godlove, McEvoy, Wallace
Associate Professors Acampora, Baehr, Eliot, Karofsky, Singer
Philosophy is a disciplined form of reflection about ourselves and the world. Philosophy includes the study of reasoning itself, seeking to establish standards for good thinking in every field of human inquiry, as well as the critical examination of our most general beliefs about life, religion, ethics, politics, science and art. Its special concern is with problems for which there are no easy answers. The study of philosophy increases self-understanding, as well as fundamental analytical, critical and interpretive capacities applicable in any profession, and in any human situation. A major or minor in philosophy is valuable preparation for careers in law, medicine, education, business, government, the ministry, and computer and information sciences. The department offers a B.A. and a B.S. in Philosophy, a minor in Philosophy, Philosophy of Law or Scientific Reasoning and Data Analysis, and houses the minor in Cognitive Science.
Students may major or minor in philosophy or in one of several interdisciplinary areas, or simply take courses in areas of special interest. PHI 010 is a general introduction which provides the student with a broad picture of the subject, together with the tools and intellectual foundations required for further study in philosophy. PHI 012 , 014 , 016 , 020 , 025 and 026 also serve as good general introductory courses. PHI 150 and 154 focus on the fundamentals of good reasoning; other basic courses provide general perspectives for studies in many other disciplines. Courses in the history of philosophy and in systematic areas of philosophy concentrate on aspects of the history of philosophy, on particular philosophical problems (e.g., the nature of God), and on special fields of philosophical inquiry (e.g., theory of knowledge, philosophy of feminism, philosophy of science, philosophy of literature). Some advanced courses have a prerequisite (typically PHI 10 or 14) but most are open to any interested student.
Professor Dardis, Adviser
Scientific Reasoning and Data Analysis
Associate Professor Eliot, Adviser
Philosophy of Law
Associate Professor Baehr, Adviser