Philosophy is the discipline where humanity’s innate curiosity about the world finds expression through rigorous, logical thinking. Philosophers think about all aspects of human existence: the nature of reality, the structure of knowledge and language, the principles of moral and aesthetic value, and the capacity of thinking itself.
Philosophers share their thoughts through carefully-constructed arguments and critical discussions. By studying the work of past and present philosophers, and by honing their philosophical skills, students increase the reach of their minds. Studying philosophy develops analytical and critical abilities, stimulates the imagination, and promotes clarity in speech and writing. Because these skills are fundamental to virtually all human activities, philosophy has significant practical value for one’s personal life and career success.
Studying philosophy at Randolph College provides a systematic introduction to the basic questions that humans have contemplated throughout history. Acquaintance with these ideas and methods is essential for the educated person, helping students to harness their innate curiosity about the world, to draw valid conclusions about everyday observations and experiences, to communicate precisely, and occasionally, to catch a glimpse into the meaning of life.