Philosophy Foundation

For the Philosophy Foundation to be fulfilled, students must take two, three-credit, Core-designated philosophy courses. One must be an ethics course and the other must be a course in a field of philosophy other than ethics.​

Why Philosophy?

The tradition of the Dominican Order is one of teaching and scholarship, of seeking answers to the great questions of human speculation, and of helping others to do the same. In support of this tradition​​, Providence College requires of its students to study philosophy.

Philosophy is “the love of wisdom,” and as such, philosophy serves to enrich the lives of students not only by leading them onto the path to finding these answers — since by nature all desire to know them — but also by cultivating in them the habits of moral reasoning and virtuous practice, qualities indispensable for any member of society to contribute to the common good. Beyond this, the study of philosophy uniquely fosters students’ faculties of reasoning, making them better able to think critically, to understand themselves in light of the Judeo- Christian heritage, to discern virtue, and, ultimately, to pursue the goal of all education: Truth.​​

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Core Foundation & Profiency

Department

Major

PHL 207 (Philosophy of the Human Person) [Effective Fall 2013] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 206 (The Wisdom of Socrates) [Effective Fall 2012] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 200 (Introduction to the Philosophy of St. Thomas) [Effective Fall 2012] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 150 (Philosophy and Literature) [Effective Fall 2014] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
AMS 331 (American Philosophy) [Effective Fall 2012] Philosophy Core Requirement
American Studies
PHL 315 (Symbolic Logic) [Effective Fall 2012] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 300 (Ancient Philosophy) [Effective Spring 2014 for Philosophy Core Requirement, Fall 2017 for the Intensive Writing I Proficiency]] Philosophy Core Requirement
Intensive Writing Level I Proficiency
Philosophy
PHL 103 (Introduction to Philosophy) [Effective Summer 2014] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy Philosophy
PHL 101 (Logic) [Effective Summer 2014] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
HON 301 (Honors Studies in Philosophy) [Effective Fall 2012] Philosophy Core Requirement
Honors
PSC 342 (Modern Political Theory) [Effective Spring 2016] Philosophy Core Requirement
Political Science
PHL 430 (Phenomenology) [Effective Fall 2012] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 423 (Law and Morality) [Effective Fall 2015 semester] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 422 (Contemporary Existentialism) [Effective Fall 2012] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 406 (The Wisdom of Augustine) [Effective Fall 2013] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 380 (Late Modern Philosophy) [Effective Spring 2014] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 360 (Early Modern Philosophy) [Effective Fall 2012] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 352 (Philosophy of the Mind) [Effective Fall 2012] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 347 (Philosophy of Language) [Effective Spring 2015] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 339 (Environmental Philosophy) [Effective Fall 2012] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 337 (Philosophy and Globalization) [Effective Fall 2013] Philosophy Core Requirement
Diversity Proficiency
Philosophy
PHL 326 (Contemporary Women Philosophers) [Effective Fall 2012] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 325 (Asian Philosophy) [Effective Fall 2012] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 321 (American Philosophy) [Effective Fall 2012] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 319 (Philosophy of Knowledge) [Effective Fall 2014] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy