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.
Congratulations, 2013 grads!
Best wishes to all of you at this very important moment. And a special shout-out to Jonathan Barker, who is graduating with honors in philosophy and has been awarded the Gregory D. Pritchard Scholarship in Philosophy.