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Philosophy examines such topics as the nature of knowledge, justice, right and wrong, good and evil, persons, freedom, determinism, moral responsibility, beauty, art, and the nature and grounds of religious experience and belief.

Engagement with the central questions of philosophy is valuable in itself; it is also valuable as a means of developing analytical, critical, and imaginative skills useful in the study of most other subjects, in the pursuit of careers as varied as law, business, medicine, science, education, and the arts, and in effective participation in civic life.


Upcoming Philosophy Talks

Unless stated otherwise, talks are at 5:00 pm in B316 Tribble Hall.

March 24  Kwong-Loi Shun, Professor of Philosophy at University of California, Berkeley
Paper Title: “Ethics without Forgiveness”

April 7  Thomas Scanlon, Alford Professor of Natural Religion, Moral Philosophy, and Civil Polity at Harvard University
Paper Title: “Tolerance and Immigration”

April 19  Robert Audi, Professor of Philosophy, Notre Dame University
Paper Title: “Toward a Theory of Deep Disagreement: Structure, Elements, and Paths to Resolution”

All are welcome to attend our talks. Refreshments are available before the talks, so come early, get acquainted, and have a bite to eat! Talks average about fifty minutes in length and are followed by a short break and then 30 minutes of Q&A.

Please call (336) 758-5359 if you will require special assistance.

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