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Philosophy & Humanities

College of Arts & Sciences




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The Department of Philosophy & Humanities offers both a traditional philosophy major and a philosophy major with emphasis in religious studies.  Students may pursue either a B.A. or B.S. degree. Minors are also offered in philosophy, religious studies, and humanities.

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Philosophy is quite unlike any other field. It is unique both in its methods and in the nature and breadth of its subject matter. Philosophy pursues questions in every dimension of human life, and its techniques apply to problems in any field of study or endeavor. No brief definition expresses the richness and variety of philosophy. It may be described in many ways. It is a reasoned pursuit of fundamental truths, a quest for understanding, a study of principles of conduct. It seeks to establish standards of evidence, to provide rational methods of resolving conflicts, and to create techniques for evaluating ideas and arguments. Philosophy develops the capacity to see the world from the perspective of other individuals and other cultures; it enhances one's ability to perceive the relationships among the various fields of study; and it deepens one's sense of the meaning and variety of human experience.
[Taken from "The Field of Philosophy," prepared by the American Philosophical Association's committee on the status and future of the profession, 1981.]

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Dr. David Harker will have a new book published in November by Cambridge University Press, entitled Creating Scientific Controversies: Uncertainty and Bias in Science and Society.


events Events

The Department of Philosophy & Humanities is co-sponsor of this year's Justice, Health, and Humanities Lecture.  On March 17th, we welcome Dr. Norman Daniels, professor of Ethics and Population Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, who will deliver a lecture entitled "Is There a Global Right to Health with Better Global Governance?"  The talk will take place in the Millennium Centre at 6 pm, following a Meet & Greet with the speaker from 5 - 5:45.

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