Bucknell’s philosophy curriculum offers courses in a wide variety of subjects, figures, historical periods, traditions, movements and methodological perspectives. Some courses focus on general fields such as ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, epistemology and logic. Others raise philosophical questions about topics such as mind, language, art, music, science, religion, politics, gender, law and the status of animals. Historically oriented courses range from the earliest Greek philosophers up through revolutionary 20th century thinkers such as Heidegger and Wittgenstein. Still others span whole philosophical traditions (Chinese, Indian, Islamic, Jewish) or survey specific movements (German idealism, existentialism, phenomenology, analytic philosophy, feminist philosophy). For majors, we offer exclusive advanced seminars (capped at 15), taught by a different philosophy professor each semester. Bucknell’s philosophy faculty members also frequently mentor students in senior theses, honors theses and independent research projects.
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