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

TEACHING AWARD

Congratulations to Dr. Gary Comstock, Professor of Philosophy, who has won an Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award and become a member of the NC State Academy of Outstanding Teachers. Seven of the Department's twenty permanent faculty are now members of this academy.

 

SEATS STILL AVAILABLE IN SUMMER COURSES

Several seats are still available in the following courses in Summer 2015:

Maymester (May 11 - 29)

PHI 310-010, Existentialism, Dr. Timothy Hinton, M-F 9:00-11:45

Summer I (May 18 - June 19)

PHI 214-001, Issues in Business Ethics, Dr. Michael Marnell, M-F 8:00-9:30

PHI 250-601, Thinking Logically, Dr. William Bauer, online DE course

PHI 340-601, Philosophy of Science, Dr. David Austin, online DE course

10-Week Summer Session (May 18 - July 29)

REL 312-651, Introduction to the New Testament, Dr. Jason Sturdevant, online DE course

Summer II (June 25 - July 29)

PHI 205-001, Introduction to Philosophy, Dr. Ronald Endicott, M-F 9:50-11:20

 

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).

 

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.

 

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.