2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [NOTE!!!! THIS IS AN ARCHIVED CATALOG. FOR THE CURRENT CATALOG, GO TO CATALOG.NIU.EDU]
The Department of Philosophy offers a major leading to the B.A. or B.S. degree. Philosophy is the attempt to think critically about the nature of the world and of knowledge, to inquire about the significance of life, and to identify worthwhile goals for individuals and society. Philosophers also inquire into reasons why one point of view is preferable to another. This leads them to consider standards by which reasons may be appraised.
Several departmental courses can be used toward fulfilling the humanities and the arts area and the interdisciplinary studies area requirements in the university’s general education program.
David J. Buller, Ph.D., Northwestern University, Distinguished Research Professor, chair
Valia Allori, Ph.D., Rutgers University, associate professor
Lenny Clapp, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, professor
Steven Daskal, Ph.D., University of Michigan, associate professor
Mylan Engel, Jr., Ph.D., University of Arizona, Presidential Teaching Professor
Alicia Finch, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, associate professor
Carl Gillett, Ph.D., Rutgers University, professor
Jason Hanna, Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder, associate professor
Geoff Pynn, Ph.D., Yale University, associate professor
Craig Warmke, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, assistant professor