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429 Cooper St.
Camden, NJ 08102

Department Chair:
John Wall
Tel: (856) 745-6532
johnwall@camden.rutgers.edu

Secretary:
Sharon Smith
Tel: (856) 225-6080
Fax: (856) 225-6602
429 Cooper St., Room 109
sas548@camden.rutgers.edu

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“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom” – Mohandas Gandhi
“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom” – Mohandas Gandhi
Thought-provoking classes
Thought-provoking classes
“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading” – Lao Tzu
“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading” – Lao Tzu
Explorations
Explorations
“Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you” – Jean-Paul Sartre
“Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you” – Jean-Paul Sartre
Inspiring professors
Inspiring professors
“Education is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it” – Hannah Arendt
“Education is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it” – Hannah Arendt
New horizons
New horizons
“The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression” – W.E.B. DuBois
“The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression” – W.E.B. DuBois
Life-changing experiences
Life-changing experiences
“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light” – Helen Keller
“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light” – Helen Keller
Community
Community
“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers” – Voltaire
“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers” – Voltaire
New ideas
New ideas
“Philosophy begins in wonder” – Plato
“Philosophy begins in wonder” – Plato
“Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me” – Immanuel Kant
“Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me” – Immanuel Kant
“It is the creative potential itself in human beings that is the image of God” – Mary Daly
“It is the creative potential itself in human beings that is the image of God” – Mary Daly
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness” – Dalai Lama
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness” – Dalai Lama
“We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.” – Iris Murdoch
“We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.” – Iris Murdoch
“The wise see knowledge and action as one” – Bhagavad-Gita
“The wise see knowledge and action as one” – Bhagavad-Gita
“All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare” – Baruch Spinoza
“All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare” – Baruch Spinoza

The study of philosophy and religion offers a vital contribution to humanistic education. Both fields deal with various ways in which human beings have tried to understand and give expression to the nature and meaning of reality, knowledge, the self, values, and the meaning of life. Our department is a lively learning community that fosters critical and creative thinking in courses, symposia, student interactions, and close work with renowned faculty.

In particular, students in our department gain a heightened ability to think critically and develop well-reasoned arguments. They learn how develop meaningful questions, read and interpret complex texts and cultures, and write and communicate clearly and effectively. They also form their own meaningful beliefs and values and conduct independent research.

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If you have any questions or would like further information, our chair, faculty, and staff are always happy to help.