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Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Philosophy

Degree Programs

Department of Philosophy

Areas of Study

By majoring in philosophy, you take classes that delve into a broad range of historical, philosophical theories, traditions and applications.

Historical periods and thinkers

  • al-Farabi
  • al-Kindi
  • Aquinas
  • Aristotle
  • Avicenna
  • Berkeley
  • Buber
  • Buddha Sakyamuni
  • contemporary analytic philosophy
  • contemporary German philosophy
  • contemporary French philosophy
  • Dalai Lama
  • Deleuze
  • Derrida
  • Foucault
  • Gabirol
  • German Idealism
  • HaLevi
  • Hegel
  • Heidegger
  • Hume
  • Husserl
  • Israeli
  • Jamgon Kongtrul
  • Jewish Neoplatonism
  • Kant
  • Kierkegaard
  • Levinas
  • Maimonides
  • Nagarjuna
  • Neoplatonism
  • Nietzsche
  • Pequda
  • Philo
  • Plato
  • Plotinus
  • Proclus
  • Rosenzweig
  • Saadya
  • Shantideva
  • Socrates
  • Tufayl
  • Wittgenstein

Three major academic philosophical traditions

  1. analytic philosophy—historically associated with the United Kingdom (including Australia and New Zealand) and North America
  2. continental philosophy—historically associated with France and Germany
  3. non-Western philosophy—we have courses in Asian philosophy

Applying philosophical thinking to other disciplines and activities

  • Philosophy of Law
  • Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Biology
  • Philosophy and Fiction
  • Philosophy and Popular Culture
  • Philosophy and Video Games
  • Philosophy and Film
  • Philosophy of Mathematics

We also contribute many courses to the socio-legal studies program. Classes include:

  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Ethics, Individuals, and the Law
  • Philosophy of Rights and Justice
  • Ability, Disability, and the Law
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Environmental Ethics