Become part of an intellectually curious community
To study philosophy at Pacific is truly to belong to a community of intellectually curious individuals. Pacific philosophers—be they students or faculty—are committed to pursuing answers to life's most vexing questions.
There are issues that all human beings confront, such as the nature and limits of knowledge, the principles of right and wrong, the meaning of life, the truth of religious claims, and the nature of reality. Philosophers raise critical questions about these issues.
Discover new ideas, and new people
Through discussion in settings as varied as the classroom, the lawn beneath a stately campus redwood, and the local coffeehouse, students get to know philosophers from all eras and parts of the world, as well as one other. There are opportunities all around for the birth of new ideas, and new friendships.
Learn alongside dedicated professors
Many of the professors are recipients of university-wide awards for excellence and innovation in teaching. All professors in the department are supportive, open-minded, readily available to engage with students in discussion, and interested in teaching as well as continuing to learn alongside the students.
Build a solid foundation for your future
Philosophy is at the core of a liberal arts education. Because philosophy makes contact with issues from so many other disciplines, students of philosophy will become knowledgeable about a wide variety of subjects. For example:
- In Philosophy of Science (PHIL 61), a student will grow more acquainted with ideas in physics.
- In Philosophy of Mind (PHIL 121), issues of importance in the field of psychology are within view.
- In Environmental Ethics (PHIL 35), a student will develop more familiarity with concepts in ecology and public policy.
- In Bioethics (PHIL 145), one will become better acquainted with various problems in the field of medicine.
For these reasons, to study philosophy at Pacific is to get an extremely well-rounded education, and one that can give the student many different professional options.