Philosophy is a reflective and critical discipline whose aim is to explore fundamental ideas which underlie and penetrate human existence and constitute the deep background of all human endeavors: ideas such as Meaning and Truth, Knowledge and Being, Objectivity and Bias, Good and Evil, Value and Disvalue. Philosophic inquiry into these and related notions is governed by the complementary ideals of analytic precision and comprehensive synthesis, and so it aims to raise these basic notions from their everyday obscurity, to articulate them with logical precision and rigor, and to bind them together into an overarching vision of the nature and purpose of human life.

Accordingly, the Department of Philosophy offers basic courses in Philosophical Inquiry, Faith and Reason, and Ethics and Justice, (among others) in the core curriculum and a wide variety of courses complementary to studies in a broad range of fields. For convenience, courses are grouped into nine content areas:

  1. Logic (PHIL X0XX)
  2. Morality, Law, and Politics (PHIL X1XX)
  3. Natural and Social Sciences (PHIL X2XX)
  4. Arts and Literature (PHIL X3XX)
  5. Religion and Theology (PHIL X4XX)
  6. History of Philosophy (PHIL X5XX)
  7. Contemporary Movements (PHIL X6XX)
  8. Major Thinkers (PHIL X7XX)
  9. Mind and Reality (PHIL X8XX)