OFFICE: Nassau Hall, Room M-217, 516.572.7450.
CHAIRPERSON: Mark S. Halfon, Mark.Halfon@ncc.edu.
FACULTY: E. Deluty, N. Newton, G. Ostertag, F. Pupa, S. Walden.
COURSES OFFERED: Philosophy (PHI).
Philosophy means love of wisdom. A philosopher questions everything, seeking answers
to serious questions: Does human life have meaning? What is the difference between
right and wrong? How should we live our lives? Do we have free will? Does God exist?
Can humans know what the physical world is really like? In doing this, the philosopher
uses finely tuned arguments and tries to follow them wherever they lead. Philosophy
is intrinsically interesting, enlightening, and enjoyable, but it is also an unsurpassed
tool for sharpening students' reasoning skills. Moreover, philosophy courses are writing
intensive, emphasizing the written expression of philosophical ideas. This is why
pre-law and pre-medical students are often advised to study it, and many four-year
colleges and universities require it of all students.