Course Summary

Course Description

The philosophy curriculum provides students the opportunity to engage with contemporary philosophical issues, while gaining a thorough grounding in the history of philosophy. Students will develop an appreciation for the principles of reasoned argumentation, and an ability to pose and answer philosophical questions. Students will use their philosophical skills to analyze issues that are fundamental to other disciplines, and will come to see how considering the "big questions" is a crucial aspect of living a good life.
Philosophers seek wisdom by asking fundamental questions about what there is (metaphysics), what we can know (epistemology), what kinds of people we should be (ethics), what is beauty (aesthetics), and how we should reason (logic). A major in philosophy will help students to develop critical reading and thinking skills to answer some of life's most difficult questions.
Otterbein University's philosophy program prepares students go on to graduate or professional schools, usually in law, medicine or business. It also is a good background for many careers, including teaching, nursing, art, communication, psychology and music.

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