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Philosophy Department

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British philosopher Bertrand Russell writes about the value of studying philosophy that,

“Philosophy is to be studied, not for the sake of any definite answers to its questions, since no definite answers can, as a rule, be known to be true, but rather for the sake of the questions themselves; Bertrand Russellbecause these questions enlarge our conception of what is possible, enrich our intellectual imagination and diminish the dogmatic assurance which closes the mind against speculation; but above all because, through the greatness of the universe which philosophy contemplates, the mind also is rendered great, and becomes capable of that union with the universe which constitutes its highest good.”  The Problems of Philosophy.

We invite you to keep these ideas in mind as you complete your educational requirements or as you exercise your power of reasoning,  because “to philosophize is to wonder about life- about right and wrong; it is to wonder creatively about freedom, truth, beauty, time and a thousand other things. To philosophize is to explore life.  It especially means breaking free to ask questions.  It means resisting easy answers.  To philosophize is to seek in oneself the courage to ask painful questions.  Philosophy is for those who are willing to be disturbed with a creative disturbance.  Philosophize is for those who still have the capacity for wonder.” J. Christian, An Introduction to the Art of wondering.

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