UNC Charlotte’s Department of Philosophy offers outstanding and competitive undergraduate and graduate programs in the study of philosophy. Our faculty engage in a broad range of research projects, and they bring their expertise into the classroom. Our primary focus is on the interdisciplinary nature of philosophy and how it applies to such subjects as science, literature, art and information technology, among others. We also focus on contemporary issues in biomedical, business, environmental and professional ethics through our Center for Professional and Applied Ethics.
The department aspires to embody an intertraditional approach to philosophy, by which we mean that we support and pursue work within and between differing philosophical traditions. This is more than a commitment to pluralism or the retention of specialists representing analytic, continental and pragmatist traditions. Rather, we aim to build a culture where these subdisciplinary boundaries are less important than the resources they provide for addressing concrete problems.
Why study philosophy?
Philosophy helps students develop strong skills in writing, critical thinking, reading and understanding complex texts. These skills are indispensable to any professional. The study of philosophy also provides a deeper understanding and enjoyment of the challenges and issues students face throughout their personal and professional lives. Courses in critical thinking and logic are a benefit to students in all their course work and can be especially useful to students who plan to enter graduate school, law school, and various other professional fields. For more information about why it is important to study philosophy, go here.
Why study Liberal Arts?
For a sustained defense of studying the liberal arts, Dr. Nicholaos Jones, a professor of philosophy at the University of Alabama, wrote the article Liberal Arts and the Advantages of Being Useless.
We are currently accepting applications for a Philosophy Department Chair. The chosen candidate will become Chair beginning July 1st of the 2014 - 2015 academic year. For a full position description, follow the link Philosophy Department Chair.
In a recent Slate article written by Katy Waldman, Dr. Robin James's blog entry which "examines the traditional relationship between femininity and technology, as well as how that relationship might change as our devices burrow deeper into our work and personal lives" is discussed in Waldman's article "Will Smartphones Kill Feminity?". To read the complete article, follow the link to "Will Smartphones Kill Feminity?"