Scholarships & Testimonials

Philosophy is at the center of any university that upholds the tradition of seeking the truth in all matters.  In the words of John Newman:

It is the education which gives a man a clear, conscious view of his own opinions and judgments, a truth in developing them, an eloquence in expressing them, and a force in urging them.  It teaches him to see things as they are, to go right to the point, to disentangle a skein of thought, to detect what is sophistical, and discard what is irrelevant.  It prepares him to fill any post with credit, and to master any subject with facility.  It shows him how to accommodate himself to others, how to throw himself into their state of mind, how to bring before them his own, how to influence them, how to come to an understanding with them, how to bear with them.

At UNK, we in the Philosophy Program seek to establish, nurture and preserve in our students a love of learning for its own sake; clear and independent thought that will be beneficial in any future vocation; and a thorough understanding of the ideas that shape human culture. So we engage students in disciplined and imaginative thinking about the philosophical questions that arise naturally in the course of a liberal education. We do this through examining closely the original and primary works of philosophers and other writers (the “Great Books”). Reading the primary sources in philosophy, religion, and literature are at the heart of learning the foundations of our intellectual tradition.