Loyola University Maryland

Philosophy Department

Learning Aims

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Students majoring in philosophy will demonstrate mastery in the following areas:

  1. Students will have an understanding of the nature of philosophy as an activity and as a discipline, and will be able to articulate its characteristic forms of reasoning, key themes from its history, and key features of its relation to other disciplines.
  2. Students will practice close, careful reading and interpretation of primary philosophical texts, and be able to demonstrate knowledge of their content.
  3. Students will use speech and writing effectively, logically, gracefully, persuasively and responsibly.
  4. Students will develop philosophical arguments of their own, including the coherent support of conclusions with premises, and formulate and respond to reasoned objections.
  5. Students will demonstrate freedom from narrow, solipsistic thinking.