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BA in Philosophy

The philosophy major at Eastern University has a backbone of studies in the history of philosophy, with a sequence of courses in Ancient, Medieval, Modern and Continental philosophy, as well as a course in Epistemology and Metaphysics that focuses on recent Anglo-American philosophy.  Another cluster of courses clusters around inquiry into the good and the beautiful:  Faith and Philosophy, Christian Sexual Ethics, Ethics and Justice, and Philosophy and Literature.  Also, all philosophy majors are required to take one course in logic, which is a fundamental tool in all inquiry.  Finally, the philosophy major culminates in the writing of a Senior Thesis in conjunntion with one of the senior seminars, either The Christian Mind or Truth and Meaning: Hermeneutics. 

Curriculum

  • View Eastern's current course catalog for all course descriptions.
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Course Number Course Name Credit
ONE of the following INTRODUCTORY courses: 3
PHIL 100 Heritage of Inquiry: An Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 211 Faith and Philosophy
ONE of the following LOGIC courses: 3
PHIL 220 Introduction to Logic
PHIL 321 Symbolic Logic
The following courses: 3
PHIL 222W Art and Culture
PHIL 303 Ancient Philosophy: Origins
THREE of the following courses: 9
PHIL 304 Medieval Philosophy: The Christian Tradition
PHIL 305 Modern Philosophy: The Quest for Foundations
PHIL 306 Continental Philosophy: Existentialism and Postmodernism
PHIL 350 Epistemology and Metaphysics
FOUR Philosophy electives 12
ONE of the following Culminating Senior Experience courses: (offered alternating years, with the other course available as an elective) 3
PHIL 440 Truth and Meaning: Hermeneutics
PHIL 450 The Christian Mind
Total: 36

Phillip Cary, Ph.D

Phil Cary, Ph.D.Dr. Cary is Professor of Philosophy, as well as Scholar-in-Residence at the Templeton Honors College.  Dr. Cary is known for his many taped lecture series published by The Great Courses, including courses on Augustine, on Luther and on the history of Christian theology.  He has also authored three books on Augustine published by Oxford University Press, a commentary on the book of Jonah (Brazos Press) and a book on popular spirituality, Good News for Anxious Christians: Ten Practical Things You Don't Have to Do (also Brazos Press).  Dr. Cary’s latest book is Does God Have a Strategy?, a dialogue with co-author Jean-François Phelizon, published by Wipf & Stock.

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