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Department of Philosophy and Religion

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Department of Philosophy and Religion

About the Department

Introduction
A major key to a liberal art education is developing student’s inherent intellectual capacities for learning by going beyond dogmatism and parochialism toward becoming thoughtful and compassionate leaders in rapidly changing social, economic and political global network of completing interests. The disciplines of enlightened philosophical and religious reflection are foundational for a liberal arts education as these disciplines of mind and heart will assist students to refine for themselves what is a just and humane philosophy of life for whatever career choices they may choose.  

Mission
The department provides undergraduate instruction in philosophy and religious studies.  The course work is aimed at developing students’ skills in critical reading, listening, and thinking; logical analysis and synthesis; online and library research; and oral presentations and critical writing.  Students are exposed to major philosophical and religious ideas and values from Western and non-Western cultures. They are encouraged to commit themselves to lives characterized by respect for others, fair-mindedness, self reflection, self awareness and self improvement.

People
 

 

James Rush
Division Chair of Humanities
Department Chair of Philosophy and Religion
Full Professor
E-mail: jrush@philander.edu
Office: AC 228
Phone: 370-5236

Education: Ph.D.,  Hartford Seminary Foundation    

Areas of Specialization: Psychology of Religious Experience, Biomedical Ethics, World Religions, Shamanism and Eastern Philosophy
  
   

 

Len Olsen
Assistant Professor
E-mail: lolsen@philander.edu 
Office: AC 224
Phone: 370-5235


Education: Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Miami

Areas of Specialization:  Logic, Philosophical Logic, Epistemology, Peirce 
  
Courses 


Links:
     Ucompass
     Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
     Episteme Links
     American Philosophical Association Online
    
Contact us:
    James Rush, Department Chair
    e-mail:  jrush@philander.edu
    phone:  (501) 370-5236

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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