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Philosophy

Academic Overview

Studying philosophy at Transylvania will provide you with a solid historical foundation in the discipline and strengthen your reasoning, writing and critical thinking skills. Not only will philosophy help you come to terms with some of life’s most important questions, but it will also provide you with the tools, background and resources to scrutinize carefully the difficult ethical issues that face professionals and all citizens today.

“There is simply no field of study better suited to cultivating a critical analytical, deliberative, independent and sensitive mind than philosophy. In a word, philosophy cultivates ‘excellence’ in thinking.”

Peter S. Fosl
professor of philosophy

Studying philosophy, you will examine the basic concepts of self-identity, knowledge, reality and morality. You will examine many issues related to your own life, and in turn develop a deeper appreciation for whatever field you may enter.

Every life and every profession demands ethical scrutiny. That’s why so many pre-med, pre-law, science, art and business students also study philosophy. It’s among the most highly regarded preparatory majors for law school, medical school and other graduate programs. In fact, philosophy majors consistently score higher than nearly every other major on the Graduate Record Examinations and Law School Admission Test.

Interdisciplinary learning is a key component of the Transylvania philosophy program. Students connect their philosophical inquiries to other fields, including biology, religion, gender studies and political science, to broaden their understanding of the world. Transylvania students benefit from several distinctive extracurricular dimensions of the philosophy program. Examples include membership in the Sophia philosophical society, planning a Transylvania philosophy conference for undergraduates from around the country and presenting work at professional conferences.

Our philosophy program not only has solid classes and award winning teaching, but also a special kind of culture and society that extends beyond the classroom.

Contacts

Peter Fosl,
Professor of Philosophy; Program Director

Phone: (859) 233-8129

206 Haupt Hall, Transylvania University 
300 North Broadway, Lexington, KY 40508


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