Philosophy

It's with great sadness that the Philosophy Department notes the passing of Dr. Hughes Cox, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy on June 14th, 2015. Dr. Cox taught from 1967 to 2000 in our department. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wabash College, received an S.T.B. in Theology from Boston University School of Theology, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Yale University. He played an active role in establishing the philosophy major at Centenary College. He will be missed.

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The most important decisions in life shouldn’t be left to chance, habit, or mere belief. Philosophers desire to know. We try to figure out what’s really right and wrong, what science can tell us and what it can’t, whether computers can think, whether non-human animals can speak, and what, if anything, makes life worthwhile. While struggling with these questions, philosophers hone the skills necessary to succeed.


  • Greg Ewing
    Greg Ewing, 2014
    Recipient of the Cox Scholarship

  • Michael Naquin
    Michael Naquin, 2013
    Recipient of the Cox Scholarship

  • Philosophy c/o 2012
    Philosophy Graduates, Class of 2012
    Class of 2012

  • class of 2011
    Philosophy Graduates, Class of 2011

  • Philosophy Majors
    Philosophy Graduates, Class of 2008

  • Ashley
    Ashley Jackson ('11) hugs Plato

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At Centenary, philosophy majors can combine their passions to chart their own path. Recent graduates have double majors in business, biology, and English, and gone on to medical school, law school, to work for a major accounting firm, to travel the world as a photographer and English teacher, and gone into business for themselves. With the Forum, Centenary offers students the unique opportunity to participate personally in the discussion with internationally known experts and community leaders.

Courses

Fall 2015:

Spring 2016:

  • Phil 101: Introduction to Philosophy (Chen)
  • Phil 202: Ethics (Ciocchetti)
  • Phil/Bio 212: Bioethics (Ciocchetti)
  • Phil 302: Enlightenment (Chen)
  • Phil 311: Chinese Philosophy (Chen)

Major, Minor, and Honors

Students are different and so the philosophy major offers students a great deal of flexibility. They should work with their advisor to design a course of study that suits him or her.

Major Requirements

At least eight courses totaling at least 30 hours including Phil 202: Ethics or Phil 212: Bioethics, Phil 301: Plato and Aristotle, and Phil 302: the Enlightenment.

Minor Requirements

At least five courses totaling at least 18 hours including Phil 301: Plato and Aristotle and Phil 302: the Enlightenment.

Departmental Honors in Philosophy

  1. Admission to Departmental Honors program.
  2. Graduation from Centenary with major in Philosophy.
  3. A grade point average of at least 3.25 in both major and overall course work.
  4. Completion of an independently researched Senior Honors thesis, presentation of the Senior Honors thesis at the Student
    Research Forum or other suitable venue, and an oral defense of thesis.


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