From history to literature to theology, philosophy has always been at the center of Western culture and thought. Our uniquely Hillsdale curriculum closely aligns philosophy and religion with other liberal arts, including the natural sciences. You’ll be challenged to ask critical questions about those philosophical ideas. You’ll examine and debate the history, development, and grounding principles of Western civilization and culture. And you’ll formulate answers to the unanswerable: what is scientific explanation? What constitutes knowledge and what are the criteria of knowledge? And at the heart of it all, what is the meaning of life? Philosophy is offered as both a major and minor.
Philosophy & Religion
“As far back as I can remember, I have been interested in everything. That’s why I chose to study philosophy: the discipline that studies everything in relation to wisdom.”
Nathan Schlueter, Philosophy
Years ago I taught at state universities where introductory classes might have hundreds of students enrolled. At Hillsdale, my introductory classes are typically no larger than 18-20. I know my students’ names, and we can talk with one another about the things we’re learning. I like to think that Socrates would feel right at home.
James Stephens, Philosophy
Introduction to LogicRead More about "Introduction to Logic"
An introduction to the principles of valid reasoning designed to develop analytical skills and abilities.Read More about "Introduction to Logic"
Ethical TheoryRead More about "Ethical Theory"
A critical review of recent developments in ethical and value theory.Read More about "Ethical Theory"
Phi Sigma Tau
Phi Sigma Tau is the campus philosophy honorary that serves to award distinction to students having high scholarship and personal interest in philosophy.