Philosophy Department

What is Philosophy?

From the ancient study of ethics to today

Philosophy is an ancient subject whose origins can be traced back 2,000 years to the great civilizations of Greece, India and China. Most of the philosophy written about and taught in the Western world, however, belongs to the tradition that began with Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, who represent classical Greek thought.

Philosophy is an ongoing field of active research and scholarship where you are invited to share your wisdom and gain new knowledge. Some of our most prominent public intellectuals are philosophers, and philosophy plays a crucial role in informing public discourse, especially on questions of values as they apply to business, medicine, the arts and more.

Philosophy covers a wide range of information. Philosophy involves formal and informal reasoning, linguistic analysis and related cognitive tools – directed toward:

  • Art
  • Ethics
  • Language
  • Mathematics
  • Natural science
  • Politics
  • Religion