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Philosophy steps back from everyday experience to reflect on fundamental questions of meaning and value. Philosophy thus lies at the heart of a liberal arts education and traditionally has played a central role in higher education. Socrates' conviction that "the unexamined life is not worth living" offers the rationale for the distinctive role that this philosophical thinking plays in the life of an educated person. The discipline of philosophy cultivates the analytic, interpretive, normative, and critical abilities necessary for such thinking. Philosophy courses foster the skills of critical thinking and conceptual and cultural analysis, and the ability to apply this knowledge to the leading issues of our day.


PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to the study of ideas and their logical structure,including arguments and investigations about abstract and real phenomena.Includes introduction to the history, theories, and methods of reasoning from the Pre-Socratics to present.

PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics
Classical and contemporary theories concerning human conduct in society and moral and ethical standards.

PHIL 2303:  Introduction to Logic
Nature and methods of clear and critical thinking and methods of reasoning such as deduction, induction, scientific reasoning and fallacies.

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