Asking the Great Questions: Opening Doors of the Mind
Philosophy — traditionally at the center of the liberal arts – asks some of the most difficult and searching questions about human existence, the nature of the universe, right and wrong in human conduct, and the basis of our social and political arrangements.
In so doing, it gives the mind the greatest possible leeway to doubt, probe, and criticize. Philosophy by nature tends not to generate textbook answers. It can aid in putting questions on the nature of oneself, life, and reality into coherent and nuanced perspectives.
We do not just prepare you for a ‘job’ . Our majors are intellectually well-rounded. Philosophy and Religion scholars learn to exercise good judgement and live life well in whatever they do. As a result, our grads go into dozens of professions, equipped to discover a life of purpose and interest.
Bringing Philosophy and the Liberal Arts to People in Prison
The Partners in Philosophy Prison Program continued this past Summer in Jessup Correctional Institute, a maximum security prison near Baltimore. The program was begun in 2011 by James Schelberg ‘12 and Jared Rankin (formerly of WC) on their own initiative and using no funds outside of their own money.
This summer’s 2013 program was administered by Rankin.
The program features an inter-disciplinary Humanities course taught to inmates by a variety of Washington College instructors in Art, Philosophy, History, English, and Classical thought. More than half the Philosophy and Religion Department participates annually. Schelberg and Rankin’s program was prominently featured in an article in the Washington Post.
Scholar and Cantor Gary Schiff will share the rich history of Italy’s Jews in a slide-lecture Nov. 18.
Senior Schelberg is One of 20 in the Nation to be Named to USA Today’s All-USA College Academic Team. He has recently accepted a full scholarship to attend the Ph.D. program in Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University
Rabbi Peter Hyman, Baptist pastor Mike Logdson and Islamic scholar Ermin Sinanović will share insights into making religion a bridge rather than a divide.