Philosophy

Philosophy

Students who study philosophy will explore and interact with the development of philosophical tradition from the basis of a Christian worldview. Disciplines such as critical thinking, moral reflection and intellectual dialogue are cultivated in order to engage in the intellectual spirits of the age, to develop a distinctly Christian approach to philosophy and to develop an appreciation of the life and mind.

What can I do with this major?

The Humanities major provides a wide range of flexibility. It develops critical reading and thinking, logical and analytical thinking, argumentation, creativity, advanced writing skills, communication skills, research skills, ability to understand ideas and values, sensitivity to cultural differences, wide range of knowledge, aesthetic understanding, questioning skills, time and resource management skills, linguistic skills, etc. These will be useful for a number of careers.

What are some interesting classes I may take?

  • Modern Political Philosophy: A study of rise and critique of the modern political conceptions of the nation-state, social contract, classical liberalism and post-nationalism.
    The course will concentrate on major political thinkers such as Hobbes, Kant, Hegel.
  • Plato and Aristotle: A historical and critical study of the thought of Plato and Aristotle with special emphasis placed on the reading of primary texts.
  • Localization and Globalization: A study of the issues and concerns surrounding the expansion of economic and political boundaries and alternative visions stressing the local.

What are grads doing now?

  • Matt Harrison – Teaches philosophy and literature
  • Jack Baker – a Ph.D. Student in literature and philosophy at Purdue University
  • Branson Parler – Professor of philosophy at Kuyper College

Humanities