Philosophy lies at the heart of a liberal arts education. Philosophy at Elon has both a wisdom orientation for exploring enduring human concerns and a practical intent to enhance our lives together and our care for the earth.
Philosophical study at Elon focuses on three sets of skills:
critical and constructive thinking: aiding students in identifying, analyzing and offering solutions to problems;
ethical practice: exploring ways to act wisely and effectively in our life with others; and
interpretive understanding: allowing students to bridge the meaning and value systems of diverse individuals, cultures and epochs.
Such skills are valuable for law and leadership, ministry and the helping professions, citizenship and service, and for deepening the quality of our lives. At 36 semester hours, the philosophy major is designed to allow room for a double major or a career-related minor.
Professor Ann J. Cahill and Associate Professor Stephen Bloch-Schulman received the 2014 Lenssen Prize from the American Association of Philosophy Teachers for "Argumentation Step-by-Step: Learning Critical Thinking Through Deliberative Practice."
The Powell Professor of Philosophy Emeritus continues his writing on the seasons of life
The noted intellectual historian will be speaking in the Numen Lumen Pavilion March 13 at 7:30 p.m.
A fellowship created by Elon University in 2008 will help support excellence in ongoing research and creative work by Janet MacFall, Drew Perry and Anthony Weston.