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:

  • 206 - Philosophy of Science
  • 208 - Knowledge and Reality
  • 261 - Philosophy of Physics
  • 263 - Philosophy of Biology
  • 264 - Philosophy of Mind

More information on these courses is available in the Philosophy chapter of the course catalogue.