After successfully completing the philosophy major, students should be able to:
- identify premises, conclusions, and unstated assumptions; analyze the structure of complex arguments, avoid logical fallacies; recognize and construct deductively valid arguments and inductively strong arguments;
- explain the main philosophical theories and methods of the Ancient and of the Modern philosophers;
- compare and contrast ethical theories such as psychological egoism, ethical egoism, ethical relativism, utilitarianism, deontological ethics, and virtue ethics;
- analyze at least three of the following issues in metaphysics: the existence and nature of God, change and permanence, the nature of time, the status of universals, idealism and realism, the mind-body problem, the problem of personal identity, the problem of freedom and determinism, necessity and possibility;
- explicate at least two of the following problems in the theory of knowledge: perception and the external world, defining propositional knowledge, defining a priori knowledge, the structure of epistemic justification, the problem of induction, and the problem of other minds;
- summarize major issues in at least three of the following sub-fields of philosophy: philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, medical ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of love, feminist philosophy, business ethics, philosophy of mind; and
- write a well informed, well reasoned, clear, well organized, and properly documented philosophical essay.