Philosophy, inherited from the Ancient Greek tradition, literally means “love of wisdom.” If wisdom here means knowledge, then this is not informative of the distinct things philosophy does, as all disciplines at a university pursues knowledge. If wisdom means some kind of pretentious state above knowing, then philosophy, as a discipline, is aspiring to something that is also not unique to it.
So, philosophy, aspires to something else. A definition alludes philosophy, and that’s okay. In getting to understand philosophy, it’s best to ask some questions:
Yes, in taking courses in philosophy at Missouri S&T, you will work on tackling these questions. In minoring in philosophy, you will get a very good understanding of the background conditions needed for these questions. In majoring in philosophy here, you will come out with more questions (very refined) than you came in with. This is okay, as you will be looking at the world in a way that is open to the possibility that much of what is presented in experience is not obvious for coming to dogmatic judgment. Nevertheless, you will be able to discern the position of any given thinker/author, analyze it, evaluate it, and then come to a rather reasonable decision about it. This kind of skill will be rather useful, whether you continue to graduate school for business, law, medicine, or whether you go into industry (you are definitely needed and wanted), or philosophy or other humanities disciplines.
Experiential Learning Requirement
All undergraduate students in the philosophy program must also complete the experiential learning requirement.