Skills for Philosophy Majors

Skills we seek to cultivate:

  • Careful, open-minded, critical reading.
  • The differentiation of arguments from non-arguments.
  • The identifications of formal and informal fallacies in prose writing.
  • Clear, detailed, textually supported expository writing.
  • Cogent, logically structured, precise argumentative writing.
  • Narrative ability to historically situate important issues and questions.
  • Creative coordination of different disciplinary approaches to a single matter.
  • Articulate, interrogative verbal questioning.
  • Clear, respectful argumentative deliberation.
  • Cooperative, flexible, deliberation aiming at stabilizing dissensus within some overlapping consensus.
  • Organized, well-paced, audience-sensitive public presentations.
  • Professional comportment in conference settings.