The aim of philosophy, Wilfrid Sellars once said, is "to understand how things in the broadest possible sense of the term hang together in the broadest possible sense of the term." Philosophical questions are the most basic questions, for they penetrate to the foundations of all human thought and experience. What is there? What can we know? What is good? How should we live? What is a person? What is thought? What gives words meaning? Being educated in philosophy means not just learning what great minds have thought about such things in the past, or even finding out what philosophers have to say about them today, but coming to think through them for oneself. The major also acquaints students with central concepts, key figures, and classic texts from the Western philosophical tradition.
Prof. John Morrison wins Sanders Prize in the Philosophy of Mind
John Morrison, assistant professor of philosophy, won the prestigious 2015 Sanders Prize in Philosophy of Mind for his piece “Perceptual Confidence."
The prize includes a monetary award and publication in the 2016 issue of the journal Analytic Philosophy. Prof. Morrison's article explores the notion that our experiences of perceiving certain things assign degrees of confidence.