Philosophy and Religious Studies
The mission of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies is at the core of the liberal arts education at Marist College.
Philosophy seeks answers to questions concerning the nature and value of existence, the scope of human knowledge, what is right, good, and what constitutes the best form of social life. The study of philosophy also promotes clear, precise, and logical thinking. The philosophy major aims to produce students with a broad knowledge of the history of philosophy and topics in philosophy.
Religious studies seeks to understand and evaluate the ways in which religion and religious practices address the deepest convictions from which many cultural forms are derived. It also examines the role that religion plays in determining the shape and tenor of culture and politics.
Alfred Mele (FSU) discusses his paper, "Free Will and Neuroscience," at the Third Mid-Hudson Valley Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.