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For more information, please contact the Chair of the Philosophy Department:

Dr. Roderick Hughes
rhughes@sbu.edu
(716) 375-2272
Plassmann Hall, Basement 5

Philosophy

"The unexamined life is not worth living." —Socrates

The Philosophy Department offers a major program which serves two different goals.

For students who desire to achieve a general liberal arts education and who do not plan to do graduate work in philosophy, courses are selected to enable the student to become a cultured, liberally-educated person.

Dr. Robert Amico, professor of philosophy, engages students in discussionFor students who plan to do graduate work in philosophy, the department has designated a faculty adviser for preprofessional philosophy. This adviser carefully selects a series of courses and seminars in order to give the students a firm grounding in the discipline and prepare them for acceptance into graduate school.

The department also offers a preprofessional program: Philosophy Prelaw.

The Value of Philosophy

Philosophy addresses one's life as well as one’s career.

The aim of courses in the Department of Philosophy is to help the undergraduate student examine the ultimate nature of persons, the universe, God, the basic principles of moral evaluation as they apply to personal questions and social and political policies.

Since these concepts underlie most human endeavors, the study of philosophy, together with the practice of its methods of analysis and argumentation, prepares students to responsibly address basic problems later encountered, whether personal, social, or professional.

Nationally, philosophy majors rank second of all (nearly 100 tested) majors in verbal and analytical aptitudes.

Philosophy assists the student in reasoning well and writing effectively. Consequently, a Philosophy major serves as an excellent preparation for the professions, including law, business, and government service as well as for graduate study and the teaching of philosophy.

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Philosophy gives us...

... techniques for better comprehending the most important questions behind science, religion, art and the conduct of our lives. By studying philosophy, our thinking becomes more reasonable and articulate, allowing us to make more responsible career choices and to make our lives more fulfilling and meaningful.