Philosophy 2018-19

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To engage in philosophy is to ask a variety of questions about the world and our place in it. What can we know? What should we do? What may we hope? What makes human beings human? The program in philosophy is designed to aid students in thinking about these questions, by acquainting them with influential work in the field, past and present, and by giving them tools to grapple with these issues themselves. Philosophy is a discipline with a long and intricate history, a history that remains an integral part of the discipline. The philosophy program is designed to give majors a historical background that will acquaint them with a wide variety of approaches to philosophical issues and provide a basis for evaluating and contributing to contemporary debates. The program emphasizes training in clear, critical thinking and in effective writing. Philosophy courses center around class discussions and the writing of interpretive and critical essays. The Philosophy major consists of nine semester courses: three required courses and six electives. The required courses are: any 100-level philosophy course, Philosophy 201 (History of Ancient Greek Philosophy) or Philosophy 202 (History of Modern Philosophy), and Philosophy 401 (Senior Seminar). The six electives are structured by a distribution requirement. Students must take at least one course in each of three areas: Contemporary Metaphysics and Epistemology [M&E], Contemporary Value Theory [V], and History [H]. These requirements apply to majors in the Class of 2018 and after. More information can be found on the Philosophy website.

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