Department of Philosophy


Death of Socrates, Jacques-Louis David (1787)
"Death of Socrates," Jacques-Louis David (1787)

At one time or another, almost all of us are assailed by philosophical perplexity. We wonder, is there a God? Why is there evil and suffering? Are morals and knowledge a matter of preference and perspective, or do there exist objective values and truths? What is worth valuing? What is the mind? Is our mind an aspect of our body, or something independent of it? How ought people organize themselves in society? Is individual liberty more vital than equality, or should considerations of the latter constrain the former?

The ultimate aim of a philosophy course is not merely to assist students in understanding the writings of those thinkers who have addressed these important issues, but also to equip students with the means by which they themselves can profitably grapple with them.