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Philosophy

Philosophy

Philosophy is the critical study of ideas, experiences and institutions.  It is devoted to free inquiry into questions as wide ranging as:  Does truth exist?  Can there be life after death?  Is there a God?  What is the just regime?  How can we know when positive social change is occurring?  These and many other questions are explored in Philosophy 101/102.  For the student who is more inclined to formal or mathematical reasoning, Philosophy 120 will be of interest.  By studying and analyzing the central philosophical questions, students increase their understanding of the world in which they live, and so too of their own lives.  Because Philosophy develops rigorous thinking, creativity and originality, together with the ability to argue effectively, it offers preparation for a wide array of careers. The students’ writing and speaking skills improve as this happens, thereby benefitting their progress in all other discipline and program areas as well.