Philosophy at Acadia

Philosophy tackles the most fundamental questions anyone can ask, such as "How should I live? What can I know? Does God exist? What rights and duties do I have? Do I act freely?"

Studying philosophy bestows insight into questions like these and develops skills of analysis, argumentation and clear expression. Philosophical questions underlie the theory and practice of every academic field. The Acadia website says, "At Acadia, we teach you to question. Our faculty members will challenge you to think critically. To debate and engage. And to enjoy intellectually challenging academic programs." No other department at Acadia matches the Philosophy Department in its focus on critical thinking and the pursuit of intellectual challenge for the intrinsic rewards it offers. Our award-winning teachers and rigorous program produce highly successful graduates.

Studying philosophy helped me to learn how to communicate ideas with clarity, both in writing and in person, which is essential in many careers and particularly in neurology. My background in philosophy has helped me think through ethical dilemmas in medicine and to delight in solving problems.


Dr. Hanni Bouma '03, Neurologist