Theoretical Philosophy

"Theoretical" or "analytic" philosophy is characterized by the careful and logical consideration of philosophical problems, with an emphasis on epistemology (the study of knowledge) and metaphysics (the study of existence). An understanding of the concepts and tools of analytic philosophy is indispensable for participation in contemporary philosophical debates, and the department meets this need by requiring majors to take at least one course in theoretical philosophy. Candidate courses include:

  • 208 - Knowledge and Reality
  • 209 - Probability and Causation
  • 264 - Philosophy of Mind
  • 271 - Philosophy of Language