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Welcome to the Department of Philosophy


Wendell Phillips Center 151
Lou Matz
Department Chair
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Welcome to the Department of Philosophy at University of the Pacific. The study of philosophy is at the core of a liberal arts education. The ideal of a liberal arts education is not simply to prepare students for a specific career but to prepare them for a meaningful personal life and for intelligent participation in their communities.

Through philosophy and exposure to some of the great minds in human history, students are able to discuss and develop ideas with professors and peers, as well as build the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that are essential to a human being. Philosophy is personally enriching and develops abilities transferable to a variety of occupations. 

What Makes Us Human?

Philosophy is one of seven departments in the Pacific Humanities Scholars Program, a three-year, accelerated honors program for students majoring or minoring in the Humanities. Meet the program's professors, including philosophy professor and department chair Ray Rennard.

The study of philosophy can:

  • Enhance analytical, critical and interpretive capabilities that are applicable to any subject matter
  • Cultivate the appetite for self-expression and reflection, exchange and debate of ideas, life-long learning, and dealing with problems for which there are no easy answers
  • Help prepare one for the tasks of citizenship by providing education that enhances the capacity to participate responsibly and intelligently in public life.

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