Department Head: Joseph Levine
Whatever your career aspirations, the study of philosophy can help strengthen your preparation by developing your capacities to think and reason well, and to deal critically and analytically with the ideas, the concepts, the problems, and the methodologies central to your chosen profession. Yet, the study of philosophy equips you not just with skills for a trade or profession; it equips you with important skills for living. No matter where you go or what you do, you will always live day by day with yourself. One of the things philosophy does is to prepare you for this most important activity of living for and with yourself. This does not mean that it teaches you a selfish activity; rather that it helps to instill self-understanding. Philosophy helps you to learn by doing, by actively analyzing, questioning, reflecting, and understanding.
The range of topics is broad, encompassing issues of values, knowledge, reality, religion, science, language, society, and more. The core fields in philosophy are logic, ethics, metaphysics, and the theory of knowledge. There are also many specialized fields, such as the philosophy of science, the philosophy of art, the philosophy of religion, and the philosophy of language. Students may wish to develop a special competence in one of the specialized fields, or in the philosophy of a given period (for example, philosophy of the 17th century), or in a particular school or style of philosophy (for example, existentialism or analytic philosophy).
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Philosophy Department Dissertations Collection