Applied Philosophy

All people ask basic questions about life: Why are we here? What does it mean to be a human being? Will I exist in some way after my death? How can I know the difference between right and wrong?

Philosophers try to study these questions in an academic way, reading the attempts that various people have made throughout history to answer these questions, discussing whether or not their answers are true, coming up with our own answers, and evaluating these answers to see if they are worthwhile to use in our own lives. Philosophy is a traditional area of study that students undertake because it is worth doing in itself.

Majoring in applied philosophy enables you to pursue an academic study of ultimate questions about human life. Our courses include the traditional study of metaphysics, epistemology, and the history of eastern and western philosophy, while emphasizing logic, ethics, and the application of philosophical thought to contemporary problems in such areas as business ethics, environmental ethics, and legal reasoning.

As a philosophy major at Mount Mercy, you will learn the importance of philosophical thought, and gain insight into the major western and non-western philosophers. You will understand how philosophy integrates with other disciplines, and apply philosophical principles and reflection of major contemporary ethical questions.

Some might find it hard to believe, but philosophy majors usually feel that thinking about such questions is really fun! We usually have a small but interesting and diverse group of majors who like to get together to ‘talk philosophy’ and to share their expertise.