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The Mercer County Community College offerings in Philosophy introduce students to the basic concerns, principles of the field of philosophy. Attention is given to techniques of logical thinking and argumentation, to the history of philosophical thought, to the enduring questions to which philosophers address themselves (For instance: What is and isn't real? What can and cannot be known? What is and isn't/has and hasn't worth?) How philosophical literacy and practice serves individuals and society as applied to contemporary moral, social, cultural, economic and political issues is a program priority.


Much learning does not teach understanding – Heraclitus


   The unexamined life is not worth living - Socrates

   I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of the peace. - Spinoza


  It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious. – Whitehead

A Letter to New Students of Philosophy from Professor Ken Howarth

Religious Studies

The Religious Studies offerings at MCCC introduce students to the basic issues, methods and history of religious faiths and practices. Study keys on the sacred literatures (For instance: those of Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Confucianism, Daoism and other religious traditions), the basic beliefs, expressions and characteristic practices of the major religions of the world. The development of transreligious literacy and understanding is a primary goal, with applications to local, national and global political and cultural issues.




Studying Philosophy is...

          a great path to Advanced Education!

The Educational Testing Service reports that on GRE scores covering the three-year period ending June 30, 2006, Philosophy ranks first (of 50 fields) in both Verbal and Analytical Writing sections, and fourteenth in the Quantitative Reasoning section.

If the 50 fields are ordered according to the average of their three rankings, Philosophy is first. *

The GRE is a common standardized test taken by many students applying to graduate schools.

(See the Educational Testing Service publication, 2007-2008 Guide to the Use of Scores, at, pp. 17-19.)*

American Philosophical Association - Philosophy Majors

American Philosophical Association - On Philosophy

What you can do with a philosophy major?

A Plea for Philosophy

What is Philosophy?


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Nearby Philosophy Departments

Princeton University

Rider University

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

Rutgers University - Camden

The College of New Jersey



Philosophy is the beginning and the end of human knowledge in various ways. We consider these ways. Philosophy is as much the ancestor discipline of sciences and other fields as it is their victim and their critic. Philosophy may be both a means to various ends and an end to various means. Its relation to daily life is as routine as it is allusive and if you think philosophy is about thinking, think again. Questions have you? Good, since getting to the questions is a chief aim of a philosopher.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Video exerpt about

Knowing and Thinking













Wondering Reason: Our Aims

The philosophy faculty at Mercer shares the priority of teaching our subject well with others in university settings, yet since we teach 100- and 200-level undergraduate courses exclusively, we specialize in these and take up the charge to lay a sound foundation for subsequent work. Many of our students are ‘driving by’ our courses for a general education requirement on the way to degrees and qualifications in vocational activities in the near or immediate term. As such, the course they have with us may be their only chance to engage in an academic study of our topics, so we may ought to have the additional responsibility to leave a mark on, not just their transcript, but also on their lives, before they are graded and move on. The nature of our subject matter seems to summon forth this charge to teach our students how philosophy can inform their lives. Our course offerings therefore aim to ground our students in the introductory levels of philosophy first, then offer a next step that bridges philosophical knowledge and practice to the work of other Mercer programs with courses like Business Ethics and Philosophy of Politics, and other courses in development such as Philosophy of Science, and Bioethics. In order to meet the needs to be more inclusive and to better prepare our students in the increasingly multicultural milieu within which we live, we have recently added Eastern Philosophy, which covers philosophical practices and theories from outside the Western tradition, including Asian, African, pre-Columbian American, etc. We also have students who are on their way to more academic work and thus the preparing them with the formal or informal prerequisites for other, advanced courses and degrees, within and without our disciplines, is plain. Towards this end, the crucial importance of community college courses being readily and easily transferable to other institutions is something about which we are mindful and dedicated. Especially because Mercer is a community college, we also strive to be extending and cultivating an atmosphere where reason and character are conspicuous and ubiquitous beyond our classrooms to our campus and county communities