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

CONFERENCE ON PERCEPTION

The Department's Logic and Cognitive Science Initiative is hosting a conference on Perception on September 25-26, 2015. For more information, click here.

 

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. See also The Danger of Picking a Major Based on Where the Jobs Are (The Atlantic, June 2015).

 

NEW BOOK ON JAZZ AND AMERICAN RELIGION

Jason Bivins, Professor of Religious Studies, has recently published his book Spirits Rejoice! Jazz and American Religion (Oxford University Press, 2015). This is the first serious treatment of jazz in religious studies and the first comprehensive treatment of American religion in jazz studies. See also: A Musician and Scholar Talks About Jazz, Religion, and American Culture.

 

NEWSLETTERS

The Department issues an annual electronic Newsletter each June.

Latest Newsletter: 2015

Previous Newsletters: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

 

DEPARTMENT HISTORY

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

 

Withers Hall

"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.