A study of philosophy provides students with an awareness
of basic assumptions, an appreciation of ethical reasoning, and
the power of logical analysis. These abilities are valuable in every
academic endeavor. With appropriate work in related fields, the
study of philosophy prepares students for continuing education
in law, theology, humanities, journalism, research, management,
and a variety of graduate programs.
Philosophy is best described as the complex of the following
disciplines: logic, the study of correct or valid reasoning; ethics, the
study of morality and value; aesthetics ,the study of the nature of
beauty and art; epistemology, the study of knowledge; and metaphysics,
the study of the most general categories and principles in
terms of which humankind understands the universe. The close
associations among these disciplines are made apparent upon
in-depth investigation of a wide variety of philosophical issues.
With its emphasis upon clarity and logical rigor on the one
hand, and upon breadth and generality on the other, philosophy
not only cultivates a critical and analytical perspective but also
provides for a comprehensive world view. In this way, a study
of philosophy enables people to deal more thoroughly with the
complex problems facing civilization.
In support of the liberal arts and sciences mission of the college
and the University, the Department of Philosophy participates in
the General Education Program, the University Honors Program,
and the Women’s Studies Program.