Philosophy And Religious Studies
The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies offers a major and minor in Philosophy, and a major and minor in Religious Studies.
Program in Philosophy
The examination of the
nature of philosophy is an essential feature of the Philosophy and
Religious Studies Program at Towson University. The program pays close
attention to the history of philosophy for it is in its history that the
nature of philosophy is manifested. The program also attends to the
diverse social and cultural settings out of which philosophy develops,
to which it speaks and with which it interacts. Philosophy cultivates
and nourishes rigorous thinking; the development and the practice of
analytic and dialectical skills are strongly emphasized.
Program in Religious Studies
Religious Studies as an academic endeavor takes as its subject matter two distinct but related objects of investigation. On the one hand, it focuses on the varied religious traditions, both living and dead, that figure prominently in any adequate account of the development of human culture. On the other hand, it theorizes about the phenomenon of religion itself, abstracting from its concrete manifestations and subjecting it to explanation and evaluation. Both orientations reveal religion to be complex by nature. Any specific religious tradition is impressively multifaceted. Typically, it is the outgrowth of an intricate history and the embodiment of a distinctive program for communal existence. Its vision of the nature of the cosmos and its understanding of the meaning of human life may find expression through ritual, myth, doctrine, art or philosophy. When religion is treated in more general terms, investigation may explore its psychological, sociological, anthropological, artistic, ethical or metaphysical dimensions. These considerations make it apparent that Religious Studies is well conceived as a multidisciplinary enterprise whose subject matter is best understood through the employment of a variety of approaches.