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.
BARNARD COLLEGE, New York, NY, Assistant Professor, tenure-track. Undergraduate and graduate teaching; PhD supervision and the usual nonteaching duties. AOS: Early Modern Philosophy. AOC: Open. PhD by Fall 2013. The successful candidate will have broad philosophical interests that intersect with those of other disciplines in the College and will be expected to teach in the interdisciplinary First-Year Seminar program. Deadline: 31 May 2013. Barnard College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and individuals from underrepresented groups.