Who am I? How should we live?
What can we know? What can I hope for?
Many of these most basic questions are developed in depth by different branches of philosophy. For instance, ethics asks: what is good and bad, right and wrong? What is justice? Epistemology asks: what is knowledge as opposed to mere opinion or belief? How do we justify knowledge claims? Aesthetics asks: what is art and what is beauty? Logic asks: what are the rules of critical thinking and sound argument?
Philosophy encourages us to uncover presuppositions, to scrutinize arguments, and to reflect clearly and creatively about the most fundamental questions informing our legal, political, scientific, artistic, and moral pursuits. The Philosophy Department at Middlebury explores these pursuits through a diverse offering of courses, on topics both historical and contemporary. Students well-versed in philosophy gain outstanding preparation for graduate study and law school, as well as for medicine, business, and many other professions.
The study of classics at Middlebury provides you both with intellectual skills that are useful in any career, and with the experience of ideas that will enrich your thinking about life and the world around you.
The field of classics covers the languages, literatures, art, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome. The Classics Department and Classical Studies Program offer courses in ancient languages (Latin and Greek) and a broad range of topics in classical civilization (ancient history, art, law, literature, philosophy, political theory, and religion) for which knowledge of the ancient languages is not necessary. All courses are open to majors and non-majors alike, and many of our students start their language study at Middlebury.