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PHIL 440 - Philosophy and Public Life: Getting Started

This guide identifies library resources to support your research related to Philosophy 440 course work.

What is Philosophy?

Philosophy encompasses the study of many fundamental aspects of our lives and the world that surrounds us, including the nature of reality, of knowledge, of morality, and of the relationship between the mind and the body.

The word 'philosophy ' comes from the Greek φιλοσοφία (philosophia), which means 'love of wisdom.' 

Philosophical questions (unlike those of the sciences) are usually foundational and abstract in nature. Philosophy is done primarily through reflection and does not tend to rely on experiment, although the methods used to study philosophy may be analogous to those used in the study of the natural sciences.

1.  "Philosophy" in Oxford Reference. Viewed 29 Jun 2020.

2. "What is philosophy?", The Basics of Philosophy, 29 Jun 2020 <>

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