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


Some of the most interesting courses cannot be offered every semester or even every year, so students who could benefit from these courses should take them when they are available. The Department will be offering two such courses in Spring 2015:

PHI 420/520, Global Justice, Michael Pendlebury, TH 1:30-2:45. For a course flyer, click here.

REL/WGS 472, Women and Religion, Mary Kathleen Cunningham, MW 1:30-2:45. For a course flyer, click here.



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.



The Department issues an annual electronic Newsletter each June.

Latest Newsletter: 2014

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



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 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.