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What is philosophy?

The word “philosophy” comes from the Greek philosophia, which means "love of wisdom." Philosophy is devoted to answering fundamental questions about existence, knowledge and reasoning, morality, and human nature and society.

Philosophy students are trained to understand and to respond both critically and creatively to philosophical problems, theories, and arguments. Students investigate fundamental questions that have puzzled human beings for ages. Philosophy deals with questions such as: 
  • What do we know and how do we know it? 
  • What is morally right and how should we live? 
  • What is the nature of the human mind and self? 
  • Is there a God and how might human beings know about God? 
  • What is the ideal form of government? 
  • What is the ultimate nature of reality?
Please see the Undergraduate Catalog for more information on requirements for the B.A. in Philosophy.