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What is Philosophy?

Philosophy is the oldest academic discipline and is devoted to answering the biggest questions of life. Here are just a few of the questions that philosophers at EIU are currently debating and studying:

  • What does a truly happy life look like?
What is the difference between a morally right and a morally wrong act?
Is there life after death?
Is there anything I can know with certainty?

  • How does the mind relate to the brain?

  • What kind of person do I want to be?
What is the relation between morality and law?
Why be moral?
  • Can I prove that I am not in the Matrix?
Does time really “flow” or “move”?
What is a just society?
Does God exist?

Philosophy as a discipline has always been devoted to debate and conversation. Plato’s most important philosophical works are dialogues between Socrates and many of the great (and not-so great) men of his day. Philosophy is a big 2,500 year long conversation. If you enjoy respectful and rigorous argument about important questions, then philosophy might just be for you.