Department of Philosophy & Religion

Introduction

The courses in philosophy are designed to present students with historical and contemporary attempts to think critically and reflectively about fundamental questions of knowledge and value. The study of such philosophical problems in a spirit of free inquiry encourages the student to learn to think clearly and critically and to examine and develop his or her own views.

The courses in religion are designed to ground students in the history, philosophy, theology and ethics of the Judeo-Christian tradition and to expose them to non-Christian religious thought. Ultimately, they aim to provide the intellectual tools necessary to study, interpret and critically evaluate religious beliefs and then to integrate these both intellectually and personally.