Philosophy at Bluffton College
Philosophy courses are for inquisitive persons. As Socrates said, "The unexamined life is not worth living." Courses in philosophy explore the intellectual frontiers of the great minds of our cultural heritage. They help students examine carefully and critically their basic understandings and beliefs. They are intended to help integrate college studies - to help students put it all together.
The emphasis in philosophy is on open dialogue in a serious context and not on dogmatic presentation of ready-made answers. The student with religious faith engaged in philosophical study ought not fear discovery of new truth but should be prepared to examine all claims to truth critically and to shun pseudo "truth" regardless of its source.
While not available as a major, philosophy courses are offered as a component of the general education program and as electives in other disciplines.
PHI 105 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
Introductory discussion of philosophical methods, ethics, knowledge, nature of reality and religious beliefs. Attention may be given to the philosophical dimensions of psychology, art and politics.
PHI 152 Ethics (3)
Consideration of various ethical theories, issues in contemporary moral philosophy and moral issues in contemporary life. The student is challenged to clarify the basis of right and wrong conduct.
PHI 390 Independent Study in Philosophy (1-4)
By arrangement. Topic to be proposed by the student.