Philosophy courses aim to cultivate capacities for careful textual analysis, critical and integrative interpretation, precise verbal and written expression and clear and creative thinking. These skills, developed through reasoned dialogue with others and rigorous engagement with texts, enable us to transmute presuppositions and cherished views into questions, thereby challenging rigid thinking and calling forth intellectual honesty and flexibility and a willingness to reconsider what might appear obvious. They also enable creative understandings of both large scale questions, for example, of social justice, and more personal questions, such as finding meaning in one’s own life.

The creative, analytical and critical skills developed through the study of philosophy provide a strong foundation for a wide range of life paths. Some philosophy students pursue graduate training in preparation for a career of teaching and research in higher education. The majority, however, enter other fields such as public service, education, law, journalism and business where the fruits of philosophical training are highly valued.

Areas in which students have pursued Plan-level Work:

  • Historical figures, including Plato, Aristotle, Nagarjuna, Santideva, Mipham, Dogen, Locke, Spinoza, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Levinas, Wittgenstein, Arendt, Derrida, Deleuze, Du Bois, Fanon, Foucault, Habermas, 
  • Critical Theory
  • Environmental philosophy
  • Buddhist philosophy
  • Aesthetics
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Environmental thought
  • Animal studies
  • Philosophy of Place
  • Native American philosophy
  • Philosophy of language
  • Philosophy of science
  • Philosophy of education
  • Cross-cultural philosophy
  • Philosophy of race
  • Philosophy of mathematics


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