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Philosophy, from the Greek ‘philia’ and ‘sophia’—‘love of wisdom’, is a practice that lies at the foundation and heart of nearly every other field.  Historically, the philosopher has had an important role in the evaluation of beliefs and values of every variety, challenging us to justify and re-evaluate the commitments of ourselves and our societies.  They have sought knowledge of the true nature of things (from the world, to humanity, to morality, and everything in between) and tried to develop the methods to help attain that knowledge.

In philosophy, one learns a variety of skills: the ability to evaluate ideas, to develop theories and explanations, to think with both depth and complexity, to view the world through alternate perspectives, and to formulate a sense of value and meaning.  While applicable in the workplace and in other fields of study, these skills are even more important for their ability to foster personal development, value integrity, and practical wisdom.  As Plato noted, it is no small matter that philosophy addresses, but the matter of how one is to live.

                             THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF PHILOSOPHY
  1. Be willing to look for your assumptions and biases, no matter how uncomfortable such a search may be.
  2. Be relentless in examining your beliefs, assumptions and biases.
  3. Recognize that the experiences and perceptions of others are different from yours, and that a fuller picture of the world can only be had by stepping outside of your own experience and looking at the world through the eyes of others as well.
  4. Follow where the evidence leads, even when it leads somewhere new.  Do not be afraid of changing your mind.
  5. Be willing to defend your beliefs with reasons and evidence; do not take refuge in tradition, authority, or faith.
  6. Critically evaluate ideas, not people.
  7. Strive to think critically and fairly in your assessment of the beliefs and ideas of yourself and others.
  8. Do not be afraid to admit ignorance and fallibility.
  9. Do not treat philosophy as a spectator sport.
  10. Use the resources and methods of philosophical inquiry to transform your own life and the lives of those around you.


Full-time Faculty

 Dr. Jason Beyer 
Office: A-309
Phone: 815.224.0583
Full-time Faculty

Part-time Faculty 

Eva Harvey
Dan Retoff
Melissa McCarthy