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Major and Minor
Faculty and professional interests
Daniel Wack, chair
Aesthetics, ethics, philosophy of film
Philosophy of music, philosophy in literature, Greek philosophy
William Young (On leave Fall 2016 and Spring 2017)
Epistemology, modern philosophy, Asian philosophy
Cooperating faculty from other programs
Frederick Hord, Africana Studies
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:
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