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Philosophy

What is Philosophy?

The ThinkerThe first objective of the philosophy program is to teach students how to think critically emphasizing analytic reasoning. In addition, students are prepared for university-level philosophy courses. The study of philosophy acquaints students with the nature of philosophical activity and helps them increase critical thinking skills about fundamental philosophic concerns such as the nature of correct reasoning, the scope and limits of human knowledge, characteristics of reality and questions of value and obligation. Philosophy relates to many other academic disciplines and stresses systematic and abstract thought.

-- Description from Philosophy program website, accessed 07/24/13

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Key Terms to Try

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Logic Religion Metaphysics
Critical Thinking Epistemology Existentialism
Ethics Feminism Idealism
Reasoning Identity Realism

Here a few examples of philosophy related search terms that you can use to find items in the library catalog. Note that adding the word "AND" will combine the key terms to give a narrower set of results:

Tips and tricks:

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