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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.
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.]
Dr. Jeff Titon holds the Basler Chair of Excellence for the Integration of the Arts, Rhetoric and Science during the spring 2016 semester. He is currently teaching "Religion in Appalachia" for the Philosophy & Humanities Department, and he will also present this semester's Basler Lecture as a series of stand-alone lectures under the theme "Sound, Experience, and Understanding." Please follow this link to The Learning Blog for descriptions of the individual lecture topics. Please note, however, that dates have been changed due to recent weather-related cancellations. The new schedule is as follows:
Lecture 1, A Presence of Sound, March 1