The 20th century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once wrote, “philosophy is not a theory but an activity.” Along similar lines, we can say that philosophy is not a topic or a body of beliefs, but a skill. This is why faculty in the philosophy minor have designed curriculum takes a skills-oriented, discussion-based approach to the perennial and difficult questions that have characterized the discipline since the beginning. Students are challenged to develop their critical thinking and writing skills, which will enhance their experience in a variety of majors and into professional life.
This learning environment is amplified by close interactions with faculty within the classroom and through research. Philosophy faculty do more than simply impart knowledge. Their relationship with students is one of challenge in the context of support – nurturing them to a better life.
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