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Philosophy

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Why Philosophy at Viterbo?

  • Viterbo is a Catholic, Ecumenical University in the Liberal Arts Tradition, and so philosophy is valued and supported across the university as a vital area of study.
  • The philosophy degree is very flexible, making it easy to graduate in four years and get a minor or even double-major along the way.
  • Small classes (most upper division classes have less than 15 students) ensure that students get the maximum attention they deserve.
  • Gifted, scholarship active and committed faculty who are dedicated to mentoring students.
  • BA degree that introduces students to all the major branches of philosophy: History of Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophical Anthropology, Logic, Ethics, Epistemology and Metaphysics.  Students are introduced to a variety of philosophical traditions (Eastern Philosophy, Latin-American Philosophy, and both European and Anglo-American perspectives).
  • The department has strengths in both ethics and applied ethics, offering a range of courses that look at ethics in relation to law, medicine, business, education, the environment, and science.
  • Viterbo is also home to the D.B. Reinhart Center for Ethics in Leadership.
  • There is an active Philosophy Club on campus and the department provides many opportunities for students to present their work at conferences or compete for publication.
    • Philosophy Club provides an intellectual community to discuss meaningful ideas and topics. The club promotes thoughtfulness, clear thinking and a respect for the opinion of others. We discuss current philosophical issues as well as those that have existed for milennia.
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      Christopher J. Elchorn, 2012-2013 Philosophy Club Student President
  • Analytical Teaching and Philosophical Praxis is Viterbo's own online, open access, peer-reviewed, academic journal dedicated to philosophy and its relevancy for education.
  • Philosophy is housed in the joint department of Religious Studies/Philosophy, giving students unique resources and perspectives that draw on rich interplay between philosophy and theology.
  • Viterbo emphasizes service-learning as an important part of a well-rounded philosophical education, offering courses that provide unique service components like "philosophy for children".

As a Philosophy major at Viterbo you will:

  • Develop the skills of philosophical reasoning: Demonstrate the ability to use the tools of critical thinking to distinguish argumentative and non-argumentative forms of reasoning, evaluate arguments, construct sound arguments, and articulate sound arguments in the public forum.
  • Develop the skills of ethical decision-making:
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of ethics.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of how ethics can be used to improve one's own life goals and values and how ethics can be applied to concrete situations in order to clarify and resolve contentious disputes and disagreements.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of how ethics can be used to identity prejudices, cultural assumptions, and stereotypes.
  • Learn from scholarly active, and committed faculty who are dedicated to mentoring students in philosophy.