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"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
— Aristotle

THE PRACTICAL VALUE OF PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES

In addition to the intrinsic interest of issues in Philosophy and Religious Studies, these disciplines also have significant practical benefits for students. For more information, see Philosophy and Religious Studies.

 

WHY PRE-MED STUDENTS SHOULD TAKE COURSES IN PHILOSOPHY

The Association of American Medical Colleges is introducing a new version of the MCAT test, which is required for admission to medical school, in 2015. This test will apply to students who entered college as freshmen in Fall 2012 or later (see New MCAT Test). On the evidence of the sample questions that have been published, pre-med students who take one or more courses in philosophy will be very well prepared for questions in the new test on critical analysis and reasoning skills (see questions 5-9 in Sample Questions).

 

STUDENT'S WORK ON TIME TRAVEL FEATURED ON COLLEGE WEBSITE

In a recent feature on the College of Humanities and Social Sciences website, Gray Maddrey discusses his contributions to Professor John Carroll's project on time travel. A Senior in Philosophy, Gray was this year's winner of the Philosophy Prize in Honor of Professor Robert S. Bryan. He is entering the PhD program in Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Fall 2014.

 

NEWSLETTERS

The Department issues an annual electronic Newsletter each June.

Latest Newsletter: 2014

Previous Newsletters: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

 

DEPARTMENT HISTORY

For a very brief history of the Department, click here.

 

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"In unphilosophical minds any rare or unexpected thing excites wonder while in philosophical minds the familiar excites wonder also."
— George Santayana

 

"To know one religion is to know none."
— Max Müller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE DEPARTMENT'S MISSION

The NC State Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies is committed to:

  • offering a high-quality undergraduate Philosophy curriculum, including a major and minor in Philosophy, that gives students an opportunity to confront through historical and contemporary resources a wide range of central philosophical issues, such as the relationship between the mind and brain, the ethical implications of scientific advances, the justification of moral, political, and legal institutions, the relationship between human knowledge and reality, and the nature of the logic that structures human language and thought;
  • offering a high-quality undergraduate Religious Studies curriculum, including a major and a minor in Religious Studies, that provides students an extended opportunity to examine the multiple interpretations of the category “religion” – including religion as a social construction, as an element of psychological development, as a branch of metaphysics, and as a constellation of ritual practices – and the ways in which religious traditions have played a central role in human culture and history;
  • developing the analytical abilities and expressive powers of our students;
  • providing and expanding educational and research opportunities at the graduate level; and
  • conducting research, teaching and scholarship that further knowledge and understanding in the disciplines of Philosophy and Religious Studies.