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Students completing a major
in Philosophy will be expected to have learned:
- How to think abstractly and concretely not only about
matters that preoccupy philosophers but also about
fundamental issues in other disciplines and practices.
- How to produce a cogent argument and how to express it
with maximum perspicuity, both in writing and orally.
- How to identify the substance and structure of an
argument and evaluate it for soundness and validity.
- The fundamental concepts of modern formal logic,
including sentence logic, quantification theory, identity,
and metatheory, and how to apply formal methods to reasoning
in philosophy and other disciplines, when appropriate.
- How to anticipate and even welcome objections to one's
views, how to apply the principle of charity to others'
opinions, and how to address objections and competing views
effectively and respectfully in one's writing.
- What problems have perennially preoccupied philosophers
and the main historical and contemporary approaches to these
problems in the core fields of
a. Value Theory (including ethics, social and political
philosophy, and aesthetics)
b. Metaphysics and Epistemology (including philosophy of
mind, philosophy of language, and philosophy of science)
- How to read, analyze, and articulate arguments and
viewpoints in primary philosophical texts, both historical
- How to develop and defend one's own position with
respect to problems that have occupied both historical and
- How to conduct a discriminating literature review on a
philosophical topic; familiarity with available resources
and how to navigate them.
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