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Philosophy Department 

Philosophy is the love of wisdom and the pursuit of truth. As lovers of wisdom, our staff here at Mt SAC provide cutting edge insights into the main fields of philosophy such as metaphysics, epistemology, logic, critical thinking, ethics, and world religions, covering a span from ancient through modern times. 

As a discipline, philosophy relies on careful reasoning to investigate the great questions of the past and present: What is the Socratic Method and how can that be significant in the way you learn?  Does God exist? If God does exist how can one reconcile the existence of God with the reality of evil?  What is human nature? What can I know? How can I know that I can know something versus just believing something? What is skepticism and should I be skeptical at times?  How should I live my life? What does it mean to live a good life?  How can I know whether something is morally permissible or impermissible?  How can I best use morally reasoning to make every decisions in life?  How can I know that I exist and can I doubt my existence?  What is free will and why might that be important for considering my moral responsibility?  What is the difference between reality and the appearance of reality?   What is the difference between an assertion and an argument?  What are inductive and deductive arguments?  How good is the argument that you might be advancing? 

All of these questions and many more allow one to enter into The Great Conversation of philosophy.  Come join us in this philosophical conversation of awe and wonder by putting yourself into a better position to contribute to these great ideas!

How can this practical for you as a college student?  Well, our modern scientific age has provided knowledge leading to technological advancements which have elevated social conditions, but it is doubtful this enough for a flourishing society. In studying the great ideas and thinkers of history, the student’s mind is stretched and nourished, able to think more clearly and to see problems in a new light. Furthermore, by knowing more about yourself and reality, you can contribute more to society as a flourishing citizen.  Philosophy is valuable in its own right, but it can also provide a foundation for careers in teaching, legal studies, professional writing and journalism.

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Philosophy Department

8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Building 26B-2551
(909) 274-7500
Andrea Diem