Department of Philosophy
For our students to gain a detailed understanding, sophisticated appreciation and critical awareness:
1. … of the nature and complexity of human thought, of its critical and creative possibilities, and of the longstanding
and continuing contributions (and reactions) to central defining moments in world civilization;
2. … of the core problems, issues, and approaches, first delineated and associated with philosophical inquiry,
and of the ways in which different (sometimes unstated) assumptions shape, determine and constrain fields of
3. … of the possible ramifications and innate complexity of even basic philosophical ideas, and the ability to
adjudge and evaluate such notions in light of the purposive aspects of human existence.