Department of Philosophy & Religion
Since few American high schools offer courses in philosophy or religion, it may well be that you have never thought about studying either of these subjects. If, however, you want to think more deeply about important features of life and the world, time spent in philosophy and religion could be of great value.
Prompted by a sense of wonder, philosophy involves serious explorations of the most fundamental beliefs and concerns. Philosophers pursue insights into the nature of reality, the limits of human knowledge, and the nature of a good life for human beings.
Entering into the philosophical quest, Cottey students wrestle with outlooks and positions that continue to exert influence in the world today. Philosophy helps the scientifically interested student to ponder the nature and ethical implications of her outlook and practices. Students in the arts and humanities, on the other hand, are guided toward greater rigor and clarity in their thinking and expression.
When pursued well, philosophy can contribute to the achievement of a more satisfying college experience, as well as to the achievement of a life of more thoughtful fulfillment. Philosophical studies offer excellent preparation for continuing work in any area that requires heightened critical thinking ability, such as law, social science, theology, business, or education.
Aiming to identify and to attain harmony with that which is ultimately true, real, or good, religions often affect many aspects of life. Thus, rather than being a mere compartment of life, religions frequently involve the outlooks and the ritual and ethical practices of whole communities of people.
Cottey's courses in world religions aim to identify and reflect upon key factors in the formation and practices of major religious communities. In the case of each religion, we seek to better comprehend and appreciate the nature of its worldview and the forms of its expressions.