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


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 planning to enter a PhD program in Philosophy in Fall 2014.



The Department is offering several classroom and DE courses during Summer 2014. Here's a sampling:

Maymester: PHI 310, Existentialism, Dr. Tim Hinton, daily at 9:00-11:45.

Summer I: PHI 340, Philosophy of Science, Dr. David Austin, web-based DE course.

Summer II: PHI 205, Introduction to Philosophy, Dr. Barbara Levenbook, daily at 9:50-11:20. (Other classroom sections of this course are offered in Maymester and Summer I.)



The Department issues an annual electronic Newsletter each June.

Latest Newsletter: 2013

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



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 Mül







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.