Philosophy

If you're a thinker with a range of interests, and want to join a community of people who are not necessarily like-minded -- except that they value the tools of philosophical reasoning and are broad in their interests as well -- then you ought to consider philosophy! Take a few classes, come to the roundtable, stay for lunch and conversation afterwards -- and join a community of thinkers.

At its root, philosophy is a rational method, a way of thinking clearly, not a "subject" in the ordinary sense. That is, philosophy does not seek a particular way of understanding human behavior, as does, for example, history or sociology or psychology. Neither does philosophy teach a particular set of techniques meant to help solve empirical problems, as in a science classroom.

Rather, the philosopher is most concerned with conceptual questions, with tackling and (hopefully) "dissolving" conceptual problems. Which conceptual problems exactly? Well, it depends on the interests of the philosopher. Philosophical reasoning improves almost any inquiry, and, as a matter of fact, philosophers might inquire about law, science, art, religion, ethics, and the nature of existence and experience. (Just take a look at our courses offered.) With regard to the content of its inquiries, philosophy can be an exceedingly broad discipline.

Upcoming Philosophy Events

The 2018-2019 Philosophy Roundtable meetings are held on Thursdays, at 11:00 a.m., in Scovel 105. Learn more.

Kate Manne, Professor, Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University

Thirteenth Lindner Lecture in Ethics

Kate Manne, Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University Assistant Professor, will present the Thirteenth Lindner Lecture in Ethics lecture on Wedneesday, September 12. This lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall. A dessert reception will precede the event. Learn more.