We all want to know the answers to the so-called “big questions” of life. So seek them in an intellectually satisfying way at Lipscomb. There are no gimmicks or trends here. We're following the time-honored, Socratic method of pursuing truth — and doing so in dialogue with the Christian intellectual tradition.
We approach the study of philosophy by reading the classics and by wrestling with ideas and reasons in civil debate with one another. What makes an action right as opposed to wrong? What is knowledge, and can we have it? Does anything at all make life meaningful? How can an all-powerful and good God allow evil to occur? What distinguishes cogent from fallacious reasoning, and how can we best analyze and assess arguments? What is the nature of truth, beauty, goodness, and freedom?
You'll study the work of the greatest minds in Western history. And you'll learn to identify and evaluate the fundamental assumptions that shape how we think about the world — and ourselves. Use the skills you develop in philosophy to pursue internships and job opportunities in a variety of fields, including government, politics, and history. Or continue onto law school, business school, or graduate school to hone your focus even further.
Choose one of the following courses:
- LUHP 2003 - Great Ideas in Philosophy
- PL 1003 - Introduction to Philosophy
Specific courses required:
PL 2013 - Logic
- PL 3213 - Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
- PL 3223 - Modern Philosophy
- PL 3433 - Ethical Theory
- PL 4013 - Philosophy of Religion
- PL 4993 - Seminar in Philosophy
Three courses selected from the following:
Any remaining Philosophy courses
AR 3133 - Art Theory
BI 4213 - Biblical Ethics
- EN 3203 - Literary Theory and Criticism
- MA 2903 - Logic, Proof, and Mathematical Modeling
- PO 3253 - Classical Political Thought
- PO 3263 - Modern Political Thought
- PO 3283 - American Political Thought
- PS 3453 - Death and Dying