Because we believe that philosophy helps you to see the world differently and respond and interact with people in a critical yet stimulating way, we want to encourage multiple voices to engage in the discipline. We also believe that philosophy helps people build strengths in selfreflection and self-understanding that can help us live a much better life.
The seminar will introduce participants to issues of character, agency, and identity through seminar topics such as: Radical Virtues, Themes of Existentialism, Identity, Naming, and the Black experience, and John Dewey on Habits and Character. The seminar will also provide a stimulating and supporting space for participants to reflect and respond to the course presentations and readings. Each session includes lectures, readings, multimedia presentations, small group discussions, and a day set aside for participants to research, get help with writing, and talk with fellow students and practitioners of philosophy about philosophical issues and the field.
While not every philosophy student will go on to become a professional philosopher, we agree with the results of empirical research. Study in philosophy prepares students for the world by improving their problem solving, writing, and analytical skills, thus enabling them to understand themselves and their goals in life more clearly. These skills are good preparation for careers in business, law, journalism, public service, education – and necessary for informed citizens. As a result, the skills taught in philosophy are considered the ultimate “most transferrable work skills” for their ability to prepare students for a variety of jobs and activities.
Upon the conclusion of the seminar it is our hope that students will:
• Be acquainted with the discipline of philosophy and some of its important questions
• Improve their reading comprehension and analytical and argumentative writing skills
• Be exposed to the ways that a group of philosophers individually understand and reason
about the questions
• Consider philosophy as a practical discipline of study inside and/or outside the classroom
• Feel confident to publish their philosophical voices online
• Feel confident about articulating their ideas and also open to other voices
• Have a desire and willingness to stay connected with the project as a student
• Have a plan to pursue higher education