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The Philosophy department examines the efforts of past thinkers to understand the world and people’s experience of it. The fundamental problems that philosophers address, help to guide and enhance our understanding of other subjects by placing emphasis on methods of reasoning and the way in which judgments are formed. Since philosophical ideas have had an important influence on human endeavors of all kinds – including artistic, political, and economic – students of the humanities should find their understanding of these topics deepened through an acquaintance with philosophy. A philosophic background also provides analytical skills and a breadth of perspective helpful to those called upon to make decisions about their own conduct and the welfare of others.

View the Philosophy department brochure.