So what is it actually like taking a philosophy class, and being in a typical philosophy classroom?

  • Philosophy classes are usually dynamic, interactive affairs.

  • The focus for each class is on discussion and dialogue among peers.

  • Students actively engage an author’s ideas from the assigned reading, each other, the professor, and how these ideas relate to their own lives and contemporary society.

  • While each class is different (logic classes can be more like math courses, and others can be more similar to literature or other humanities classes), each class requires the students to reflect on their own experiences on such diverse topics as friendship, animal rights, capital punishment, stem-cell research, the reasonableness of religious belief, and the meaning of life.

Check back soon for pictures and videos taken from recent philosophy courses at the University of Saint Mary.