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The Department of Philosophy does not hold a narrow, professionalist view of its work, and therefore denies that philosophical activity is limited to scheduled hours of the day. Both inside and outside the classroom, the faculty teaches by engaging in philosophical reflection with those who desire to learn.

In light of the work of great philosophical thinkers, the curriculum challenges the student to seek consistent, reasonable and well defined positions regarding such issues as the nature and possibility of knowledge; the grounds for moral judgment; the methods, aims, and presuppositions of the sciences and arts; the objects and limits of religious belief; and the fundamental nature of reality.