If you're a thinker with a range of interests, and want to join a community of people who are not necessarily like-minded -- except that they value the tools of philosophical reasoning and are broad in their interests as well -- then you ought to consider philosophy! Take a few classes, come to the roundtable, stay for lunch and conversation afterwards -- and join a community of thinkers.
At its root, philosophy is a rational method, a way of thinking clearly, not a "subject" in the ordinary sense. That is, philosophy does not seek a particular way of understanding human behavior, as does, for example, history or sociology or psychology. Neither does philosophy teach a particular set of techniques meant to help solve empirical problems, as in a science classroom.
Rather, the philosopher is most concerned with conceptual questions, with tackling and (hopefully) "dissolving" conceptual problems. Which conceptual problems exactly? Well, it depends on the interests of the philosopher. Philosophical reasoning improves almost any inquiry, and, as a matter of fact, philosophers might inquire about law, science, art, religion, ethics, and the nature of existence and experience. (Just take a look at our courses offered.) With regard to the content of its inquiries, philosophy can be an exceedingly broad discipline.
Upcoming Philosophy Events
The 2016-2017 Philosophy Roundtable meetings are held on Thursdays, at 11:00 a.m., in Scovel 105. Learn more.
Eleventh Annual Lindner Lecture in Ethics to feature Stephen Darwall
Stephen Darwall, Chair, Department of Philosophy, and Andrew Downey Orrick Professor of Philosophy of Yale University, will present "What Are Moral Reasons" at the annual Lindner Lecture on Thursday, October 6. The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall and will be preceded by a dessert reception. Read more.