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Why Philosophy

Philosophy seeks to unify our lives, and to clarify the values that give life meaning. It illuminates such perplexing issues as what makes society just, how the mind and body are related, whether actions are free or determined, and inquires into religious perspectives. The Department of Philosophy at Chapman University offers a range of courses from studies of pivotal thinkers throughout history, to metaphysics, epistemology and religious thought, as well as ethical inquiries into medicine, business, and the environment.  It is said that the strength of one’s conviction is a poor substitute for the clarity of one’s thought, and our goal is to encourage individual students to think rationally and creatively.

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»Welcome to the Philosophy Department

A speaker engages his audience at Chapman UniversityThe mission of the Philosophy Department is to help students to think logically, state and defend views clearly, analyze and solve problems, effectively make moral decisions, and integrate the personal and professional aspects of life. These skills can be useful in all walks of life, thus providing our students for a strong foundation for future careers and a meaningful life.

Small class sizes allow for a great deal of personalization and interaction between our distinguished faculty and students. The Department of Philosophy at Chapman offers a range of courses from studies of pivotal thinkers throughout history, to metaphysics, epistemology and religious thought, as well as ethical inquiries into medicine, business, and the environment. 

+-Sophia Omega Society

Sophia Omega SocietyPhilosophy majors and minors are encouraged to join the Sophia Omega Society, Chapman's official philosophy club. We sponsor events and discussions throughout the year that allow our members to exchange ideas and explore philosophy in various real-life contexts. We also keep our members informed of upcoming events and contests within the field of philosophy. For more information please visit the department of philosophy in Wilkinson Hall 229.

+-2015 Spring Semester Philosophy Talks

Colloquia Spring 2015This semester the Philosophy Department is hosting "Philosophy Talks"on Thursday afternoons (one Tuesday!). Below is a list of dates and speakers. Join us!

February 5: Megan Zane, UC Irvine

March 5: Updating Virtue Ethics with Nicholas Onuf, Argyros Forum, 209 A, 3-5 p.m.

March 12: The Death of Consciousness with Alexander Klein, Argyros Forum, 209A, 5-7 p.m.

March 19: Mass Incarceration and Race with Brady Heiner, Beckman, 401, 3-5 p.m.

(Tuesday) April 7: The Heart of Human Rights with Allen Buchanan, Beckman 401, 3-5 p.m.

April 23:  Obesity in Media with Kayley Vernallis, Argyros Forum, 209A, 3-5 p.m.

April 30: Forfeiting Rights with Jonathan Quong, Beckman, 401, 3-5 p.m.

May 7: Ice Cream and Nazis with Kyle Stanford, Beckman, 401, 3-5 p.m.

For more information regarding these events, please email pilchman@chapman.edu

 

+-Philosophy Resources

While conducting research for your courses the Leatherby Libraries offer a variety of resources in various media formats. For more resources, see list below.

Philosophy in Cyberspace
Philosophy in Cyberspace is an extensive, annotated guide to philosophy-related resources online.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Philosophers' Magazine

Ask Philosophers 
This site puts the talents and knowledge of philosophers at the service of the general public.

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