A primary goal of the philosophy program is to present some of the great questions of our discipline and challenge our students to develop answers to them.  Such questions include: 
  • How do we determine what is morally right and wrong?
  • In what does a worthwhile life consist?
  • Is freedom possible if our actions are determined by physical law?
  • If things constantly change, how can anything persist through time?
  • What is knowledge, and how do we have it?
  • What is the mind, and can it be understood scientifically?
  • Can God's existence, or non-existence, be proven?
  • Why is there anything rather than nothing?
Our program examines the history of these important subjects (from the pre-Socratics to the 20th-century) but also engages students in contemporary discussion of them.  We emphasize the crafts of analytical thinking, writing, and speaking, along with the cultivation of a critical attitude toward one's own beliefs and values. These skills are invaluable in everyday life and in most occupations that demand leadership and administrative ability.


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Last updated Apr. 10, 2014.
Contact:  Philosophy Program, Centre College, Danville, KY 40422