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Ph.D. in Philosophy Learning Goals

Upon completion of the Ph.D. program, students will have developed habits of the mind that:

  • Reflect an understanding of the broad outlines of the history of philosophy and enable historical research in philosophy
  • Reflect an understanding of contemporary philosophical issues and debates
  • Exhibit well-honed critical thinking about philosophical texts, ideas, approaches, and methods
  • Manifest an understanding of formal logic and logical analysis
  • Enable one to communicate orally one’s understanding and interpretation of philosophical texts and issues
  • Enable one to produce publishable philosophical work
  • Enable one to teach philosophy effectively