Philosophy minors study the history of philosophy and gain the ability to use logic to explain their ideas. The problem solving and creative thinking skills developed while studying philosophy make it a great accompaniment to any major.
Goes great with:
- Global Studies
- History/Social Science
- Human Services
- Literature with Writing Emphasis
- Pastoral & Youth Ministry
- Religious Education
- Social Science
(From the 2011-13 Catalog)
A. The following course:
This course presents an introduction to contemporary symbolic logic as well as to traditional deductive and inductive logic.
B. Five additional philosophy courses chosen by the student in consultation with a member of the Philosophy Department, of which one of the following is strongly recommended:
This course, the first of four sequential courses in the history of philosophy, is a survey of Greek philosophy from its origins in the thought of Presocratic poets and philosophers to its later development in the dialogues of Plato and writings of Aristotle. Through the close reading of primary sources in their historical context and through a wide variety of other exercises, students gain an appreciation for the major texts, themes and problems that have shaped the Western philosophical tradition. Students also begin to develop a facility with the various tools and terms with which philosophers in the Western tradition have worked.
This course, the fourth of four history of philosophy courses, is an examination of the post-Kantian philosophy focusing on selected major movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, such as idealism, phenomenology, existentialism, and British analytic and ordinary language philosophy. Readings may include Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, James, Foucault, Wittgenstein, Ryle, and John Paul II, among others.
John D. Poling, Ph.D.
Chair, Philosophy Department
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #1416
Winona, MN 55987-1399
(800) 635-5987, Ext. 1541