Timothy Madigan, Chair
Although philosophers seldom agree perfectly on the definition of philosophy, most of them recognize as central to philosophical activity a disposition to wonder—to wonder about things so basic that most people take them for granted. Thus, they ask about human beings and their world; about where they have come from and where they are going; about space, time, and causality; about truth, goodness, and beauty; about God, and about the meaning of life. The Department of Philosophy aims at stimulating all students to think critically and constructively about the most fundamental speculative and practical issues confronting us. With this end in mind, students are invited to acquaint themselves with the best philosophical literature, old and new. The range of course offerings is designed to respect the diversity of student interests and talents, as well as the needs of those who anticipate graduate work in philosophy and the other liberal arts, or in professional studies such as law and medicine.