The study of Philosophy equips you to analyze, think creatively and critically examine your beliefs and those of others. It expands your conceptual horizons. You consider profound questions and in the process develop intellectual tools to expand your understanding. Through your study, you also will gain fundamental communication skills and problem solving abilities that will help you succeed in a wide range of fields and occupations, or in graduate school. . . More
Why Choose Ashland?
Why Choose Ashland for Philosophy?
Classes are small, and the faculty is completely hands-on. All of your philosophy classes are taught by tenured, full-time faculty who are engaging and charismatic.
The department has a unique, thorough sequence in the primary texts of the history of philosophy, designed to empower students with the most significant ideas of the past and present.
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Questions! Questions!! Questions!!!
Grab your pen and place a checkmark in the box next to each question you have ever wondered about or find interesting to contemplate right now:
- If the President of the United States reserves the sole right to authorize torture, and if all legitimate governmental powers derive from the governed, then doesn’t it follow that I must have the right to torture? If so, what are the exact conditions under which I may torture my roommate (please, wait one moment while I grab an extra sheet of paper, since I have to imagine that the list is quite long)?
- If you cheat in class or in sports and you don’t get caught, aren’t you way ahead of people who don’t cheat or people who do cheat and do get caught? Isn’t it better to be a clever cheater than an honest loser?
- If God exists depending on whether I believe in him or not, then doesn’t that sort of make me a god, since my wishes bring divine beings into and out of existence? And if this is true, is there any way that I can avoid the horrible implication that my brother is also a god?
- What is love anyway?
- If happiness is different for every person, then why isn’t everyone happy? Shouldn’t we just all make happiness really easy to achieve?
- Are angels real?
- Since winners write history books, how can we ever trust what they say? Doesn’t power trump truth? And if so, then how could I ever know the truth about that question?
- Do I exist?
- If Socrates really said know thyself, why didn’t he consider looking into a mirror?