There are some questions that are so perplexing that we can neither easily answer them nor calmly ignore them. Philosophy is the careful and persistent analysis of such questions and the issues arising from them. It is philosophers in particular who inquire into the nature and adequacy of thinking itself, into what it is to think clearly and consistently. The student of philosophy learns how to think with a methodical care and rigor that is useful in practice as well as a prerequisite for abstract and theoretical analysis.
The Philosophy Department at Bucknell University offers courses in the following curricular areas: Introductory Courses, Logic and Philosophy of Science, Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy, Western Historical Periods, Aesthetics, Fields of Philosophy, Non-Western Philosophy, Feminism and Philosophy, and Advanced Seminars in: Individual Philosophers, Historical Periods, and Philosophical Problems. For more information on particular courses in these curricular areas, see the List of Courses.
Some of Bucknell's philosophy students have gone on to do advanced work at a number of the best graduate programs in philosophy across the country. But philosophy at Bucknell has also prepared many students for a number of other vocations and supplemented their work in other fields: ethics, social and political philosophy, and logic offer an excellent training for law school as well as for majors in economics, sociology, or political science; logic, the philosophy of logic, and the philosophy of science are of direct benefit to pre-med students and to those majoring in computer science, the natural sciences, or mathematics. Courses in the history of philosophy are useful for students of history, English, and the other disciplines in the humanities. Language majors will find that courses in phenomenology, the philosophy of language, and the theory of knowledge raise important questions for them.
For such reasons, philosophy at Bucknell is often selected as a second major, or as a minor, by students whose other major is preparing them for a specific vocation. For more information on the major and minor, see the description of the Major and Minor in Philosophy.
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