Faculty and professional interests
William Young, chair
Epistemology, modern philosophy, Asian philosophy
Lance Factor (on leave 2013-14)
Philosophy of science, American philosophy
Philosophy of music, philosophy in literature, Greek philosophy
Aesthetics, ethics, philosophy of film
As a source of synthetic vision, philosophy offers alternatives for integrating a student’s diversified experiences. As a source of critical analysis, it equips the student with a variety of methodological skills. As a source of self-knowledge, it provides the student with ample occasions for personal examination of presuppositions, values, goals, and beliefs. Philosophy encourages independent thinking and creative argument.
As a critic of institutions, methods, and fields of study, philosophy reaches out to all of the other disciplines. Thus there is the philosophy of law, the philosophy of science, the philosophy of art, etc. The department welcomes students with an in-depth acquaintance with other fields to participate in the dialectic of argument that characterizes philosophy.
Any qualified student may do an honors project during the senior year.
The departmental curriculum contributes to the College's Key Competency Requirements as follows:
Departmental Learning Goals
Students completing a Philosophy major will be able to: