Philosophy is at the heart of nearly every area of study. Philosophy picks up when other fields stop asking, “Why?” Scientists try to figure out the facts and laws of nature; philosophy asks: Why is nature ordered at all, and why is there something rather than nothing at all? Doctors, lawyers, and other professionals try to figure out what the right thing is to do; philosophy asks: What does it mean for something to be right or wrong, and where does the good and the right come from? Artists, writers and musicians try to figure out how to create great works of art; philosophy asks: What is beauty, what is art, who decides, and how? Nearly every great intellectual movement, theory, and belief system in our society owes something to philosophy.
Philosophy at Mercer is interested in and studies the subject matters for many of the other traditional disciplines. Subjects covered by philosophy courses include: ethics (applied and theoretical), logic, art, film, literature, politics, law, gender, medicine, mind and body, and religion (Abrahamic and non-Western). Students explore these areas by reading classic works of philosophy that constitute some of the most important works in the Western intellectual heritage, but may also study views expressed by virtually any culture, ethnic group, or worldview, including ideas extracted from today’s news. Philosophy is both personal and communal; each student must seek his or her own understanding and perspective, but learning comes through communication of ideas, critical analysis, and making your case to others.
A philosophy degree is good preparation for nearly any career. Philosophy majors on average do exceptionally well on graduate exams, including LSAT, GRE, GMAT, and MCAT.
Last Revision: February 23, 2013