Department of Philosophy

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Department of Philosophy

Department of Philosophy
The Department of Philosophy engages in comprehensive research of human values and cultural practices through the study of the theory and methodology of philosophy, ethics, aesthetics and religious studies.
The Department of Philosophy conducts comprehensive research of human values and cultural practices through study of the theory and methodology of philosophy, ethics, aesthetics and religious studies. While close reading of the writings of the greatest philosophers and thinkers over the ages continues as the basis of this discipline, the aim is that students acquire an in-depth, wide knowledge of human thought in our ever-diversifying society, so as to enhance their ability for clear and analytical thought, empowering them to find, analyze and devise solutions to given problems.

1.Education and Research

Based upon study of the theory and methodology of philosophy, ethics, aesthetics and religious studies in philosophy we conduct comprehensive, systematic education and study of human values and cultural practices. From an educational perspective, while careful reading of the writings of the great philosophers and thinkers of the ages remains the foundation of this discipline, the aim is to cultivate student’s capability for independent thinking through attainment of an in-depth understanding of human thought. The Department has specialist educators and researchers who are leaders in their respective fields conducting cutting edge research with the aim of contributing to the betterment of contemporary society, culture and thought.

Our aim is to cultivate the development of intelligent, insightful personnel who through gaining a deep insight and knowledge regarding human thought in this diverse contemporary society, will be equipped with the ability for clear and analytical thought, empowering them to find, analyze and devise solutions to given problems.

In order to uphold this principle, the philosophy curriculum is comprised of the four disciplines of philosophy, ethics, aesthetics and religious studies and has been devised so as to effectively respond to student’s specific areas of interest. More specifically, the curriculum is as follows; in philosophy to analyze the concepts of knowledge and existence, in ethics to explore human behavioral norms, in aesthetics the essence of beauty and art, and in religious studies to investigate the relationship between people and the sacred.

The first year curriculum is comprised of critical thinking, basic practice in the methodology of philosophy, instruction on the basics of the four disciplines (an introduction to each discipline), in addition to introductory training in intensive reading of the texts. (Basic Readings of Philosophy, etc. Group A) The purpose of these courses is to establish fundamental study for students in their first year, enabling them progress with their respective disciplines from second year onwards.

Study during the first and second year touches upon featuring lectures on learning the history of thought, symbolic logic, and the classical languages. (Group B)

Throughout the second and third year (and fourth year) the majority of courses allocated are seminars (Group C). Following intensive reading of the texts and argumentation, these courses have been established for students to gain a thorough understanding of thought and critical thought. In addition to these courses, courses of specialized lectures conducted by instructors in their specific fields (Problems of Philosophy, etc. Group D) are held to facilitate learning dealing with highly specialized and the latest research.

Also elective courses called “Topical Seminars” are open to students during throughout the second to fourth year of study. Topical Seminars are where students conduct joint research and study in their specialized discipline under the supervision of one instructor for up to three years. Enrollment in a specific seminar is subject to student choice and in certain cases via selection.

The purpose of the fourth and final year of study is for students to complete a graduate thesis regarding their research and study of philosophy. Students are provided with detailed individual guidance from designated thesis supervisors when writing their first academic dissertation.

2.Admission Policy

Based on the admission policy of the College of Humanities and Sciences, the Department of Philosophy admits students who have a deep interest in learning about the theory and methodology of the disciplines of philosophy, ethics, aesthetics and religious studies, wish to do in-depth study of human values and cultural practices, and those who aim to work for the betterment of contemporary society, culture and thought.