It also provides survey courses on various periods in the history of philosophy. Concentrators can expect to strengthen their knowledge of and skills in ancient philosophy, early modern philosophy, logic, epistemology and metaphysics. Students are asked to identify an area of specialization. There is also a related, but separate concentration in physics and philosophy.
The Philosophy concentration offers courses covering subjects from the philosophy of religion to the philosophies of science and literature.
Students in this concentration will:
- Learn to think analytically and creatively about philosophical texts and issues
- Understand the work of major figures in the history of philosophy, including Plato, Aristotle, Descartes and Kant
- Become familiar with arguments and approaches in metaphysics or epistemology, and a selection of other areas of philosophy, such as philosophy of mind and philosophy of language; as well as topics in ethics and political philosophy
- Know how to carry out logical proofs and derivations within a formal system
- Produce a significant body of written work
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Student Leader: Nicholas Gross-Whitaker
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Alumni who concentrated in Philosophy have pursued a wide range of careers, including as journalists, attorneys, research scientists, investment bankers, bioethicists, business executives, and university professors.
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