Philosophy

Castleton's philosophy program offers a B.A. degree and a minor in Philosophy.

The purpose of the philosophy program is to provide a foundation in philosophy and to support the development of the highly effective skills for reasoning that it offers. Philosophy is the study of problems about the nature of reality, knowledge, and value. The questions of philosophy and the attempts to solve them, as presented in the writings of many of the world’s most valued thinkers, constitute the core of the human drive to understand ourselves and our place in the world.

In our courses, you will engage in the works of such thinkers, including Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Mill, Nietzsche, Sartre, Wittgenstein, Quine, Rawls, and more. The curriculum will also introduce you to major philosophical and religious traditions, including metaphysical dualism, materialism, idealism, nihilism, theism, existentialism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism.

At the same time, philosophy trains its students to think more clearly and critically. Such concentrated training in critical thinking is one of the best preparations for entry into any professional career. Many philosophy majors go into education in order to teach and do continued research in philosophy; but many more use philosophy as preparation for careers in the law, medicine, business, communication, and the arts. Those are increasingly common careers for philosophy majors.