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Billy Baird

Billy Baird

"Martin Heidegger defines 'Philosophy' as 'a thinking that breaks the paths and opens the perspectives of the knowledge that sets the norms and hierarchies … the knowledge that kindles and necessitates all inquiries and thereby threatens all values.' My study of Philosophy at CCU has allowed me to partake in this way of thinking, and as a result I have strengthened as an individual. My intellectual development, were I not introduced to philosophical thinking, would be significantly lacking."

 

Nakeshia Baptiste

Nakeshia Baptiste

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Lauren Beers

Lauren Beers

"I would hate to imagine the state of our world today without such courageous and influential people as Socrates, Kant and Galileo having their place in it. As well, I would hate to imagine my own life today without the study of philosophy being such a major part of it."

 

Doug Benson

Doug Benson

"The study of philosophy at CCU has enhanced my understanding of the relationship between the world and me. Choosing philosophy as my minor has been very beneficial to my overall understanding of my major in political science. Studying philosophy has allowed me to reflect on many life experiences and has put them into perspective. This was especially important to me since I already had a career and life prior to coming back to school."

 

Evan Bockhausen

Evan Bockhausen

"When I came to college I was undeclared about my major and what my future held. After taking Philosophy 101, I found the path that I wanted to take in life and learning. The faculty instilled in me a love for philosophy that drove me to passionately pursue my under-graduate degree. The same love for philosophy that drives me to continue my education in Graduate school. Philosophy inspired me in the past, inspires me in the present and will continue to inspire me in the future."

 

Matt Damore

Matt Damore

"To be a philosopher is to be a light; to appreciate philosophy, don't look at the light itself; look at all that the light illumines."

 

Jason Fishel

Jason Fishel

"When I came to CCU I was an English major. I took Philosophy 101 and really had my eyes opened to the major questions in life. That there may not be answers yet ceased to matter. Once I began to study Philosophy, I could no longer look at the world in the same way. Questions are everywhere now, and perhaps because of this some inkling of childlike wonder lost in becoming an adult has been rekindled."

 

Scott Galimore

Scott Galimore

"I had a wonderful experience with the philosophy department at CCU. The faculty really care and had a major impact on my life. There is no doubt in my mind that I where I am today because of these experiences."

 

Jess Hart

Jess Hart

"Only great pain, the long, slow pain that takes its time - on which we are burned, as it were, with green wood - compels us philosophers to descend into our ultimate depths and to put aside all trust, everything good natured, everything that would interpose a veil, that is mild, that is medium - things in which formerly we may have found our humanity. I doubt that such pain makes us 'better'; but I know that it makes us more Profound." - Nietzsche

 

Jennifer Helms

Jennifer Helms

"Part of the good life is the search for the good life."

 

Robert Brian Horne

Robert Brian Horne

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Billy Kelly

Billy Kelly

"I took my first philosophy course at CCU to fill a requirement, never realizing it would become my favorite subject. I fell in love with the process of critical thinking and began challenging my own beliefs and thoughts about the world/universe. The Socratic adage, "The unexamined life is not worth living," and the skeptic's precept, "Extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence," have become my guiding principles. It would not be an overstatement to say that philosophy and the wonderful professors at CCU changed my life completely, and I'm much better off for that."

 

Paul Morris

Paul Morris

"Nihilism - it ain't a thing."

 

Kimber Parris

Kimber Parris

"Before I became a philosophy major, overanalyzing was just a past-time."

 

Amanda Price

Amanda Price

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Richard Redding

Richard Redding

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Christopher Reimold

Christopher Reimold

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Michael Rivers

Michael Rivers

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Amanda Stepp

Amanda Stepp

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Adam Townsend

Adam Townsend

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Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy

"I realized that science couldn't answer any of the really interesting questions. So I turned to philosophy." -Chantilas, from the movie Red Planet

 

Anne Tyson

Anne Tyson

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Jonathan White

Jonathan White

"I decided on a philosophy major because I have always been curious about the ultimate questions: Is there an eternal self? Do we have free will? Can we trust what our senses tell us? Studying philosophy gives an individual the methods to grapple with such questions, come to a logical conclusion, and still be able to understand and accept others' opinions."

 

Peter Wu

Peter Wu

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Andrew Zwick

Andrew Zwick

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Collin Witt

Collin Witt

"I started taking philosophy classes to answer some of those fundamental questions I had as a child. I also take the classes to explore myself and my relationship to the world."

 

Tyson Ellerbe

Tyson Ellerbe

"There are countless ways to die. The worst is to fade away without purpose."