Who am I? What can I know? How should I live?
These are the central questions of philosophy—a field whose very name means “the love of wisdom.” Through philosophy courses, Lakeland students encounter some of the world’s most profound thinkers, whose writings address these basic questions of meaning and human understanding. Philosophy students are asked to engage these questions themselves and examine their own ideas and assumptions about the world.
Philosophy is, therefore, more a set of skills than simply a collection of facts or great ideas. It is a field of study that fosters the ability to pose problems and test answers, to think carefully and reason clearly, and to explore one’s most basic beliefs and opinions.