Douglas Lind, Dept. Chair (407 Morrill Hall 83844-3016; phone 208/885-7107; www.uidaho.edu/philosophy). Faculty: Janice Capel Anderson, Justin Jeffrey, Douglas Lind, Michael O'Rourke. Adjunct Faculty: Raymond Dacey, Dale D. Goble, James A. Foster, Gundars Rudzitis, Richard B. Wells.
Philosophy examines the grounds of knowledge, the nature of reality, and the nature of value, justice, and morality. It asks fundamental questions about how we reason and how we ought to reason. Its subject matter encompasses all the other academic disciplines, indeed all areas of human experience, e.g., society, values, mind, language, art, and science.
The main value of philosophy lies in its contribution to a liberal education. As a central discipline of the humanities, philosophy encourages those who study it to gain insight into themselves and others, which proves helpful in setting high standards and working in productive collaboration with one's associates. In addition, philosophy is an excellent means of learning to reason and write clearly which are skills useful in every conceivable human enterprise. Some philosophy majors pursue careers in academia; others, however, make rewarding careers for themselves in business, government, journalism, law, and human services.
See Part 6 for courses in Philosophy (Phil).