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About Philosophy

The Philosophy Department, with its emphasis on Anglo-American analytic philosophy, covers the following traditional areas of philosophy:

  • Ancient and medieval
  • Early modern philosophy (with emphasis on Descartes and Kant)
  • Pragmatism and philosophy of language
  • Philosophy of religion
  • History and philosophy of the sciences including both natural and social sciences
  • Ethics (theoretical and applied)
  • Social and political philosophy
  • Theory of knowledge and aesthetics
  • Logic
  • The philosophy of mathematics.

These specialty areas allow the department to cover the basic topics of philosophy for students—both undergraduate and graduate--and provide opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching.

Department Mission & Goals

Within the context of the College of Arts & Sciences and Ohio University, the Philosophy Department seeks to provide students with:

  1. Opportunities to explore the philosophical questions that have engaged thinkers throughout time
  2. A variety of courses that serve curricular needs of diverse academic units throughout the university
  3. Courses that will serve the needs of their General Education requirements
  4. An undergraduate major, comprising all the principal sub-fields of philosophy, that will provide students with the core of a liberal arts education as well as the foundation for graduate studies in philosophy
  5. An undergraduate philosophy major in pre-law that will provide students with the core of a liberal arts education as well as preparation for law school
  6. An M.A. program in philosophy that provides students with the foundation for either doctoral studies in philosophy or other careers where logic, critical thinking and values clarification are prized (e.g. law)

Efforts will continue to be made to enhance the department’s national reputation through the contacts made with distinguished philosophers who are invited annually to the campus through the Ohio University Philosophy Forum, the Lecture Series in the History and Philosophy of Science, and the Lecture Series in Ethics and in Social and Political Philosophy.

Finally, the department facilitates and supports research and scholarly activity in philosophy by the faculty as well as our students.

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