"The unexamined life is not worth living" — Socrates

"The unexamined life is not worth living" — Socrates

Philosophy

Welcome to the Philosophy Department at McKendree University! By browsing through the items on our pages, you will get a comprehensive overview of what we can offer to you. You will find that we are unique in many ways and can benefit your future plans, whether they be studying philosophy, applying to law or graduate school, and more.  For more information, please contact us!

Philosophy investigates some of the most enduring and challenging problems that face human beings.  Some philosophical questions:

What do we know and how do we know it? Are our moral and social values mere social constructions or can we determine if the views we inherit from past generations are good or bad views? Do we invent mathematical truths or discover them? Are we responsible for what we do, or are we helpless victims of genetics and the environment in which we matured? How can we defend our evaluations regarding the value of novels, paintings, poems, films, and symphonies? Are we complex animals or made in the image of some deity?  Are we minds or molecules? What are goodness, truth, and beauty?

Many students study philosophy together with another subject, such as religion, mathematics, literature, political science, or biology. Philosophy, as this recent article in Business Week notes, is the ultimate transferrable skill that can be applied to any situation or job.   Every employer wants workers who can think critically.  Thinking critically is the heart of philosophy.

With a major or minor in Philosophy, you’ll be able to:

Explore the relation of the individual to society and community (there is no "me" without all of "you")

Investigate the ultimate questions regarding who we are and the nature of reality

Make your thoughts more clear, precise, and rigorous

Develop a life-long commitment to self-improvement

Become more sensitive to moral, social, and aesthetic issues

Major Tracks

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

Students must complete at least 32 philosophy credit hours. In addition, students must complete a minimum of 6 semester hours of a single foreign language.

A minor in philosophy is also offered.

Employment

Philosophy, in tandem with a major in another field, will serve you well as career advancement comes to require finely-honed critical thinking and analytical skills. A major in philosophy serves as perhaps the best path to law school; philosophy also is excellent preparation for numerous graduate programs in management and administration, as well as the graduate study of philosophy itself.

Meet the Faculty

Kevin ZanelottiKevin Zanelotti, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Carnegie Hall 105
kzanelotti@mckendree.edu
(618) 537-6896