Webster's Third New International Dictionary lists thirteen distinct definitions of the word philosophy, but for the average person, two definitions of philosophy serve best. In one sense, a philosophy is a set of fundamental beliefs. In another, more academic sense, philosophy is a critical examination both of those fundamental beliefs themselves and of the grounds for them.
Calvin's philosophy department offers a program widely recognized as one of the finest undergraduate philosophy programs in the nation. In philosophy classes, you'll pursue a tradition of strenuous, systematic thought, lay hold of its insights and grapple with its conclusions. In the process, you will clarify not only what you believe, but why you believe it.
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Attend annual seminars and conferences like the Jellema lecture series sponsored by the philosophy department; write for the Chimes; join in on the student-led Philosophy Symposium where students engage in philosophical discourse.
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