Department of Philosophy
Through our teaching, scholarship and service activities the members of the philosophy department seek to serve our students, the university and regional community by training people to think well about fundamental questions that cannot be answered empirically.
Philosophy is the pursuit of a meaningful life through rational inquiry. To this end, philosophy students at Fort Hays State University are trained in logic and the dialectical skills of asking good questions, giving reasonable answers, identifying the strongest objections, and replying appropriately. While practicing these skills, and achieving a working understanding of the central questions of metaphysics, epistemology, and value theory, students are trained to be respectful (mindful of the concerns of others), open-minded (willing to change views under the pressure of good reasoning), sincere (saying what one means and meaning what one says), and courageous (willing to work towards the truth in spite of contrary temptations and distractions). The goal is not merely to understand what a meaningful life is, but to live such a life in accordance with one’s considered values. Philosophy is the heart of a liberal education. It draws together what the other disciplines have to offer, taking into account the thought of persons from a wide range of times and cultures, and asks: What can I know? What ought I to do? What may I hope?
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