The study of philosophy examines certain unavoidable questions for human existence: "What does it mean to be a human being?" "What is the best kind of life to live?" "What is the difference between right and wrong?" "Is life meaningful or meaningless?" "What is truth?" Being a good philosopher does not mean having ready-made answers to these questions but having the ability to ask and answer them self-consciously, self-critically, and with clarity and consistency. The skills essential for being a good philosopher are not unique to philosophy, and so are useful in every aspect of life. In particular, the philosophy program at Roanoke College teaches the core skills of analytic reading, thinking, and writing, which involve breaking down ideas, discovering their interrelation, and evaluating their worth in such a way that they may be clearly communicated to others.
Dr. Maria Kulp Accepts Assistant Professor Position in Baltimore
|Roanoke College Hosts Annual Meeting of the North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics
August 2014-- Roanoke College is proud to host the annual meeting of NASPH, a society that finds its roots in the philosophy of Hans-Georg Gadamer, September 12-13, 2014. Speakers include: Nicholas Davey (Keynote), Benjamin Crowe, Rodolphe Gasché, Kristin Gjesdal, Joseph Gruber, Rudolf Makkreel, Robert Valgenti, David Vessey, and Tsutomu Ben Yagi. Registration information is available at www.nasph.org. Two talks associated with the conference are open to the college community (and do not require registration). "The Practical Value of the Humanities", September 11, 4:15, Pickle, and "Hermeneutics, Experience, and Education", Sept. 12, 4:15, Pickle, both by Nicholas Davey. These events are generously sponsored by the Jordan Endowment for the Humanities, Roanoke College Pathways Program, and NASPH. Please direct questions to NASPH Secretary and Roanoke host, Monica Vilhauer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Steve Chovanec Headed to Law School:
June 2013--Steve Chovanec, class of '13, is headed to Washington and Lee in Lexington, VA to begin Law School in the fall. Washington and Lee is ranked 26th in America, according to the US News annual list. Steve says he is attracted to the small class size at Washington and Lee (an average of 10 students), something he has grown to value during his time at Roanoke College. This last year Steve was a member of the Ethics Bowl team, he was inducted into Phi Sigma Tau, the Honor Society for Philosophy, and graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Ed Hrinya Begins Job with AmeriCorps:
June 2013--Ed Hrinya, class of '13, is about to begin an AmeriCorps VISTA position with The Advancement Foundation (TAF) in Vinton, VA. They work to build capacity and create sustainability within non-profit organizations fighting poverty throughout southwest Virginia. Ed will be writing grants both for TAF and for other non-profits. Ed was the Senior Scholar in Philosophy this year, and he says "my philosophy degree is largely what got me this job, since they were looking for a strong writer for the position. I'm looking forward to making a difference right here in my own community."
Beth Nicoll Graduates from Law School:
Eric Coleman Headed to Grad School:
June 2013--Eric Coleman, class of 2010, was just accepted to a graduate program in Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Eric chose Loyola Marymount because it excels in the history of philosophy and contemporary continental philosophy. He is particularly excited about studying Kierkegaard this coming fall. Eric also recently had his paper "Sustainability" in what state?: Green Sovereignty and the Production of Bare Life" accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. The conference theme this year is "Postnatural" and the meeting will be held at Notre Dame, October 3-6th, 2013.
Dr. Monica Vilhauer wins Exemplary Professional Achievement Award
June 2013--Congratulations to Dr. Vilhauer for winning the Dean's biennial Professional Achievement Award. Highlights include her recent book Gadamer's Ethics of Play: Hermeneutics and the Other (Lexington, 2010) and her keynote address at the University of Gloucestershire, England in 2011, entitled "The Game of Understanding: Dialogue Play and Opening to the Other."
|Core Requirements (9 units):|
|Survey (none required):|
|PHIL 105 SOCRATES, JESUS, AND THE BUDDHA||done||need|
|Logic (at least one):|
|PHIL 122 LOGIC||done||need|
|PHIL 215 SYMBOLIC LOGIC||done||need|
|History of Philosophy (at least two):|
|PHIL 213 PHILOSOPHIES OF INDIA, OR||done||need|
|PHIL 218 RELIGIONS AND PHILOSOPHIES OF CHINA, OR||done||need|
|PHIL 251 EARLY WESTERN PHILOSOPHY||done||need|
|PHIL 253 MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY||done||need|
|PHIL 255 MODERN WESTERN PHILOSOPHY||done||need|
|Topics (at least two):|
|PHIL 205 MORAL PHILOSOPHY||done||need|
|PHIL 206 SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY||done||need|
|PHIL 212 ENVIRONMENTAL PHILOSOPHY||done||need|
|PHIL 221: FAITH AND PHILOSOPHY||done||need|
|PHIL 222 BUSINESS ETHICS||done||need|
|PHIL 223 MEDICAL ETHICS||done||need|
|PHIL 231 RELIGION, PHILOSOPHY, AND SCIENCE||done||need|
|PHIL 260 SELECTED TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY||done||need|
|PHIL 265 AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY||done||need|
|PHIL 266 CONTEMPORARY FRENCH PHILOSOPHY||done||need|
|PHIL 267 PHILOSOPHY & FILM||done||need|
|Advanced (at least two):|
|PHIL 301 PLATO||done||need|
|PHIL 302 ARISTOTLE||done||need|
|PHIL 310 KANT'S CRITICAL PHILOSOPHY||done||need|
|PHIL 315 HEGEL||done||need|
|PHIL 320 NIETZSCHE||done||need|
|PHIL 321 TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION||done||need|
|PHIL 325 HEIDEGGER||done||need|
|PHIL 330 WITTGENSTEIN||done||need|
|PHIL 332 TOPICS IN METAPHYSICS||done||need|
|PHIL 340 TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN PHILOSOPHY||done||need|
|Senior Thesis (one):|
|PHIL 410, 411, 412 (1/2), (1), (1/2)||done||need|
|PHIL 495, 496, 497 (1/2), (1), (1/2)||done||need|
|POLI 342 or 343 may be considered electives with the approval of the department, as may some IL courses.|
The contest is a test of wits and ingenuity that requires students to submit papers which explain a proposed puzzle and provide a solution to it.