Robert Ferrell

 Professor of Philosophy


Discipline: Philosophy  

Campus: Rio Grande
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Tel:  831-4184


Robert Ferrell


Philosophy is the discipline concerned with questions of how one should live (ethics); what sorts of things exist and what are their essential natures (metaphysics); what counts as genuine knowledge (epistemology); and the reasons why humans create & consider things beautiful and use concepts such as symmetry, order, harmony, unity, etc.(aesthetics). The element of logic is also considered The word is of Greek origin: φιλοσοφία (philosophía), meaning love of knowledge or wisdom.
Philosophy has long been known as the “mother” of science and logic; indeed, all disciplines. This mode of “wondering” and questioning represents the origin of critical thinking. It has been defined as the rigorous, systematic attempt to think clearly on all issues.  Beyond critical thinking,  the course is an historical examination of the methods and theoretical understanding  of the greatest, most celebrated thinkers from the past to contemporary times. While particularly helpful for careers such as those in the legal field, philosophic understanding is key for every discipline from basic English to nutritional studies.