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 conjunction with one of the senior seminars, either The Christian Mind or Truth and Meaning: Hermeneutics.
Why Choose Eastern?
- Seminar-style classes: The department offers seminar-style classes based on primary-text readings by great philosophers of the past and present.
Classes focus on reading, writing, and discussion rather than on retaining information for tests. Our expert, caring faculty facilitate engaging, thought-provoking conversations.
Faith integration: Students learn how critical thinking can strengthen Christian faith, as well as deepen one’s appreciation of what is good and beautiful in the world.
Philosophical learning includes ethics, justice, art, literature, and culture as well as the interaction of theology and philosophy in the Christian tradition.
Training for life: Philosophy at Eastern University is training for life as well as for thinking; part of the good life is learning to ask good questions about what the good life really is.
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Featured Faculty Member
Phillip 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.