Traditionally, philosophy is considered the reasoned pursuit of wisdom regarding such “really big” questions as What makes something “real” or “good” or “true”? Is there more to a person than a body? Do human beings have free will? Does life have a meaning? etc. Consistent with the mission of the college, the goal of the department is to offer students the opportunity to consider philosophy as part of their own path to a reasoned pursuit of wisdom and to provide interested students (particularly philosophy majors and minors) with guided, reflective access to the vast store of literature devoted to such questions.
All philosophy courses focus on acquaintance with some of the “big questions,” acquaintance with some of the philosophical positions regarding them, and serious opportunities to discuss these questions and associated positions openly and reasonably within the context of one’s life, personally, professionally, or as a member of one’s community. The department offers courses designed for all students, including philosophy majors and minors, interested in deeper explorations of philosophy.
Students with graduate philosophy ambitions are strongly advised to declare a major in philosophy and discuss their graduate study intentions with the chair before the second semester preregistration period of their freshman year; transfer students are advised to do this immediately upon admission to Dominican University.