The Department of Philosophy offers diverse studies in philosophical thought and analytical skills.

"To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust." 

Henry David Thoreau

The Department of Philosophy

Philosophy is the systematic study of the questions that are most central to the human experience. It is the reasoned exploration both of the relationship between appearance and reality, and of the nature of human values. With logical rigor and through open dialogue, philosophy asks: what can I know? what should I do? what kinds of stuff exist?

The Department of Philosophy prepares students for responsible citizenship as well as post-graduate scholarship in philosophy. The study of philosophy transmits the heritage that created the foundations of contemporary life, and which shape the future in science, religion, politics, law, and morality.

Students engage with faculty of diverse expertise and have opportunities to gain great disciplinary breadth. Through the Capstone Research Project senior philosophy majors have the opportunity to work closely with a professor, focusing their efforts on a particular problem in the field.  … Read more.

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Dr. Brian Hood Delves Into Psychiatry’s Philosophical Underpinnings

By Richard Conn, Center for Resarch and Economic Opportunity 

Dr. Brian Hood is the program director and associate professor of Philosophy at the University of West Florida. He teaches philosophy of science, epistemology, and logic. He recently gave a talk titled “The Assumptions Our Models Betray” as part of the University’s Data Dialogues Lecture Series.

Q: How did you initially become interested in philosophy?

Hood: I had a very charismatic professor in my first semester of college. It was an honors seminar that I accidentally took (the class was called ‘Skepticism’) because I liked the title, and it just happened to be offered by a philosophy professor.

I was a psychology major at the time, and then I realized over the course of taking philosophy courses that the questions that interested me were not being addressed in my psychology classes; they were being addressed in my philosophy classes.

Q: What led you to pursue a career in teaching philosophy?  ... Read More.