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Words from the Chair

Vincent Luizzi, Chair


Philosophy raises some of the most fundamental questions about us and our world --questions about the nature of reality, knowledge, morality, God, and society. Students of philosophy study the thinking of major philosophers on such matters and learn to think critically and clearly on their own. In philosophy the student becomes the active inquirer, thinker, and solver of problems and not just a passive learner who memorizes ideas.

Since philosophy is the home of the study of logic and the principles of good argumentation, it lends itself well to being joined with virtually any course of study. Some philosophy majors pursue careers in business, journalism, law, medicine and education. In these cases students recognize that the successful practitioner is the good thinker and turn to philosophy to develop their critical and creative powers. Other majors develop an interest in becoming professional philosophers and enroll in some of the nation's best graduate programs in philosophy.

The Department houses an Interdisciplinary Minor in Religious Studies and offers courses in Religion as part of this minor. Applied Philosophy and Ethics is another strength of the Department. Among the courses offered are Applied Philosophy, Environmental Ethics, Dialogue, Philosophy of Sport, and Philosophy of Sex and Love.

The Department sponsors a unique dialogue series, a chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, the national honor society in philosophy, a team that competes in the Ethics Bowl, an annual student philosophy symposium, and an annual alumni banquet. A project of growing popularity is a reading and discussion group which the Department sponsors for the community. Typically, members of the group have an opportunity to meet with the author of the work they are reading and attend a lecture on the subject.