DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
Characterized by rigorous analysis and argumentation, philosophy studies the nature of existence, meaning, truth, and values. Socrates, the father of Western philosophy, referred to himself as a "gadfly," whose task was to sting and goad those who had become lazy and complacent in their thinking, all in the service of truth. As such, the issues of philosophy tend to intersect with those of other academic disciplines, with the political arena, with religion, and with our day-to-day lives.
Philosophy challenges assumptions in language, ethics, and other beliefs, and by analyzing how we view and interact with the world, philosophy helps us to live what Socrates calls an "examined life."