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  Oct 22, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalogue

Philosophy


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The study of philosophy is an indispensable part of a liberal education. In its critical function, philosophy teaches students to analyze arguments and to assess the value of various claims of knowledge. In its systematic function, it develops an integral view of the world, with a special focus on the human person and with final reference to God as the highest cause. In its ethical function, philosophy presents an account of the rational principles which ought to guide one’s moral life. Accordingly, the Philosophy program endeavors to sharpen students’ critical skills, integrate their knowledge of reality, and assist them in living a more rational and more worthy life.

Major requirements (9 courses):


To satisfy the core requirement of philosophical reasoning, all students take two courses in philosophy, one in theoretical philosophy and the other in practical or moral philosophy.  These requirements can be met in one of two ways, systematically or historically. Systematically, the requirement is met by taking Human Nature Seminar to satisfy the theoretical reason component and Ethics Seminar to satisfy the practical reason or moral component.  Historically, the requirement can be satisfied by taking the year-long Philosophical Life Seminar I-II.

Students who major in philosophy follow a program in the history of philosophy supplemented by courses in systematic philosophy.  This is usually a three-year program, but students who become majors at the end of their sophomore year will be able to complete their requirements.  After graduation, many philosophy majors attend law school or graduate school; others pursue employment in a variety of capacities, such as positions in business, government, ministry, education, and the arts.

Course Sequence Outline


Freshman Year


Sophomore Year


Philosophy majors generally take Ancient Philosophy, and/or Medieval Philosophy, Ethics Seminar, and either Formal Logic or Critical Thinking.  Depending on initial placement, they may also be completing their modern or classical language requirement.  The remainder of their schedules can be filled by Philosophy electives, other core requirements, general electives, or courses for a minor or double major.

Junior Year


Philosophy majors generally take Modern Philosophy and/or Contemporary Philosophy.  The rest of their schedules can be occupied with Philosophy electives, core requirements, general electives, or courses for a minor or double major.

Senior Year


Philosophy majors generally take Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, or Aesthetics. . The rest of their schedules can be occupied with Philosophy electives, core requirements, general electives, or courses for a minor or double major.

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