Philosophy is a rigorous exploration of the concepts that drive our world.
Philosophers are in a unique position in the academy. Instead of facts—historical events or empirical scientific data—we explore concepts such as “a fact.” Who came up with the idea of “fact?” We take presuppositions other fields take for granted and ask: “Are you sure? How do you know?”
Since Socrates, philosophers have put the human mind through its paces and enjoyed testing the limits of rationality. The game is to be able to make a valid statement, then back up everything you say with proof.
At Drew the proportion of philosophy majors has far exceeded what would be expected. It’s testimony to the strength and reputation of our program. Many years we’ve had numbers you’d expect from an institution of 15,000, not 1,500.
Math and poetry combined—that gives you a sense of how we use our whole minds to read and write philosophy. We use the expressive power of language in combination with the replicable rigor of logic to build assertions that will stand the test of time.
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Our graduates often head to law school, for example, at places such as Harvard, Michigan, UCLA, NYU and Rutgers. Our students’ scores on the LSAT, MCAT and GMAT are significantly above average.
Majors in philosophy tend to be particularly sought by business schools as well, who appreciate the combination of reasoning and writing skills that, together, are a powerful and very useful combination.
Many grads have continued on in graduate education in philosophy and to write, teach and collaborate with specialists in other fields to contribute philosophical modes of thinking and wisdom.
As part of a bioethics internship at the University of Pennsylvania, I wrote grants and did journal research on gender and sexuality for an upcoming symposium there. I’m planning to go to medical school, and philosophy has keyed me into the major ethical issues in medicine.
I planned to major in psychology until I took Professor Anderson’s Aesthetics course. It was fascinating; I was excited every morning to get up and go to class. Philosophy opened up a world of critical thinking and looking at things from a different perspective. I tried another philosophy course and declared it my major.
I had never taken a philosophy class before I came to Drew, but I’ve always been an argumentative person. Philosophy allowed me to figure out strengths and weaknesses of viewpoints and to think critically, logically and clearly.
Philosophy has influenced me in innumerable ways. It has given me a way to analyze events going on in the world and a pragmatic, goal-driven outlook on life.
I once had a student tell me it took them 10 years in the workplace before they realized they’d been employing all along the analytical and logical skills learned studying philosophy at Drew. I’m now the NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Humanities. I’m also a bebop fan with a cycling problem.
Ph.D., University of Colorado
Professor & chair
I’m the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Value Inquiry, an international quarterly now in its 40th year of publication, as well as the author of several books, including Values and Education.
D.Phil., Oxford University
I teach history of philosophy, philosophy of religion, existentialism and my research focuses on Kant and German idealism. I received the 2012 President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Drew. I am also the coordinator of the Drew University Philosophical Society (DUPS).
Ph.D., Catholic University of America
Center for Writing Excellence, Montclair State University
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Komen for the Cure, Susan B. Komen Foundation
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“What’s more immediate than the language you use? This course gave me the tools to look at words and their context. I can listen to what someone is saying, and get to know them better. It has helped me to understand people in a huge way.”
Jacob Hazle-Cary on Philosophy of Language