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.


For information about the PHI major, visit the major/minor page.


Last updated Apr. 16, 2014.
Contact:  Philosophy Program, Centre College, Danville, KY 40422