Philosophy invites us to stand at the intersection of faith and reason, where life’s more important questions reside.
The minor pairs well with any major. You will hone your analytic skills, critical thinking, written and verbal communication, and capacity to understand multiple perspectives, all valuable assets for any future career. Our graduates have gone on to work in fields like academia, law, politics, education, and the arts.
The Philosophy Department seeks to cultivate a unique virtue in its students and faculty. We call this intellectual virtue the Philosophical Habit of Mind. It consists, at least, of the following abilities:
- An ability to situate oneself in the Western philosophical tradition of ethical and metaphysical questions and reasoning.
- An ability to account to oneself and to others for the basis of one’s actions.
- An ability to reckon with the consequences of one’s own and other’s practical reasoning in various contexts, both personal and political.
- An ability to raise metaphysical questions in various concrete, lived, literary, and political contexts.
- Distinguish and relate the architectonic questions of metaphysics from and to the specialized questions of the sciences and other disciplines.
- An ability to discern the interconnection between various modes of ethical and political reflection and distinct metaphysical positions.
- An ability to pose to oneself the questions raised by the claims of the Christian faith on one’s own ethical and metaphysical reasoning.
- An ability to read new or contemporary works in the ongoing tradition of dialectical philosophy with all these abilities at one’s disposal.