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Moravian College
Philosophy

Mission

The Moravian Philosophy Department sets out to awaken and nurture in students a curiosity for ultimate questions and a desire for an objective investigation into reality through critical, reflective and imaginative processes. We strive to produce students with clear thinking abilities; good argumentative skills; tolerance of different beliefs, perspectives and views, without thinking they need to be equally true; and with sensitivity of the societal values, such as justice, tolerance, and human rights, which are essential for a vibrant and flourishing democratic society.

Departmental Goals

  • To give students a comprehensive presentation through primary texts of the major philosophers and philosophies of the Western philosophical tradition.
  • To give students the logical tools to evaluate arguments and to construct good arguments.
  • To teach students how to write and express their ideas and arguments clearly and persuasively.
  • To teach students how to complete a scholarly writing in philosophy.
  • To teach student to view issues from multifarious perspectives.

 Student Learning Outcomes

  • To identify the major philosophers of the Western philosophical tradition and their corresponding philosophical view, doctrines, and theories
  • To recognize the basic components of an argument
  • To identify what makes for a sound and cogent argument
  • To demonstrate good writing skills
  • To accurately describe and critically analyze chief doctrines, theories, and ideas of the great philosophers of the past and present in detail
  • To recognize good and bad arguments, and construct good arguments to defend or refute a philosophical view