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Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

Brandeis University

Brandeis University, Waltham, United States
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  • Study Level Bachelors
The primary concern of philosophy is to explore ideas that are central to the ways we live and that we commonly use without much reflection, ideas such as truth and justice, the notion of consciousness, and good and evil. In the course of our daily lives, we take the ideas of time, language, knowledge, and our own identity for granted. Philosophy seeks to push our understanding of these ideas deeper. It is the systematic study of ideas fundamental to all the other disciplines taught at the university—the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the arts. The skills philosophy helps to develop—critical thinking, sound reasoning, enlightened use of one's imagination, and the capacity to analyze complex issues—are invaluable in the study of any subject or the pursuit of any vocation. Philosophy is unavoidable: every thoughtful individual is gripped by philosophical questions and is guided by assumptions that the study of philosophy brings explicitly to light and puts into larger perspective. Learning Goals 1. All of our courses focus on philosophical arguments; our introductory logic course is designed to help students understand the general nature of arguments and to apply formal systems and techniques to reasoning. 2. Many of our courses deal with complex texts—both historical and contemporary—and in grappling with them, students become better interpreters and learn to extract the underlying arguments and identify implicit assumptions. 3. Our advanced course requirements in Metaphysics & Epistemology and in Moral & Political Philosophy insure that our students gain a wide exposure to key areas of current philosophical thinking, and that they study central topics in greater detail and depth. 4. We offer a range of courses that raise key philosophical questions about other fields—e.g., natural science, linguistics, psychology, mathematics, law, gender studies, etc.—and this allows students to think about general questions that apply to their field of study but are often not addressed in those courses. 5. We have a large number of courses in normative philosophy, covering ethics, metaethics, social philosophy, and political philosophy, and these are especially relevant to thinking about social justice.