The Philosophy faculty members have a variety of specialties in philosophy and represent diverse philosophical perspectives.
Philosophical issues addressed in undergraduate courses include both traditional topics from areas such as epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of science, and also the most recent contemporary concerns. The techniques brought to bear on these issues are analytical, formal, and historical.
The undergraduate program stresses Western philosophy, ancient and modern, and gives particular emphasis to recent and contemporary Anglo-American philosophy. The department's course offerings provide excellent foundations for graduate work in law and cognitive science, as well as in philosophy itself.
Philosophy is relevant to every program and major in the University. The basic problems it addresses are of perennial significance. Below are listed groups of courses that might be of particular relevance to students majoring in other disciplines:
Good writing skills, analytical thinking, and interests in morality, law, politics, religion, science, history, or mathematics are useful in the study of philosophy.
One Philosophy Colloquium a semester is coordinated with an advance undergraduate class. There are also several other departmental colloquia a semester. Colloquia begin at 3:30 on Friday afternoons and consist of a philosophy talk, usually given by a distinguished philosopher from outside the university, a question period, and a reception. All students are invited. The Undergraduate Philosophy Council meets regularly for informed discussion and refreshments. All philosophy concentrators and interested persons are encouraged to attend.
The Undergraduate Bulletin is available on the Web and contains more detailed information on requirements, available programs, faculty members, course offerings, etc.