Philosophy

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Perhaps you are one of those people for whom thinking is an art: an exciting and creative journey rather than a tedious chore. But your “art” isn’t something people can see, touch, or hear. It is much harder to quantify. You might say that your art is a desire to see the things humans take for granted and ask “why?” If this describes you, then you are not alone. Throughout human history, millions of people–from the very famous to the very obscure–have immersed themselves in what the classical Greeks referred to as philosophia, or “the love of wisdom.”

Through the Ozarks Philosophy program you will examine the works of philosophers past and present, and in doing so, you will find yourself contemplating the roles of faith and reason in human experience. It’s a unique group, and once you’ve joined them, you too, will find yourself thinking beyond the obvious. You will be a thought artist … a philosopher.

I am from a very small town with some very small-town views on things. Which is fine. But coming here, you learn a different way to think and to process things. That way maybe you can go out, or even back home, and share what you’ve learned. – Jessica Root, Class of 2012

Philosophy is more than just sitting and thinking. It’s the ability to critically analyze information and then apply that knowledge to deepen your understanding of the subject. It doesn’t matter if the subject is Biology, English, or whatever. The ability to think deeply and formulate thoughts and opinions is always attractive.

WHAT OUR STUDENTS DO

Students ask the big questions in "Pursuit of Wisdom" class

People often think of college as mostly a place for acquiring information. Sometimes, however, college is about learning to ask the questions better.

Rossmaier shares his thoughts on year one of law school

There are many students who think about going to law school when they graduate, and most of them probably wonder at some point what it's really like.

Stories grow like kudzu from pen of teacher and author

Sort of like Thomas Wolfe on acid, or James Joyce on moonshine, Bill Eakin takes the words, the rhythms, the heat, the mud, the cicadas and the kudzu of the south and turns them into stories that touch your heart while messing with your brain stem and possibly tampering with your DNA. A truly original and unique voice…. — Shawna McCarthy, editor of "Realms of Fantasy"

“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.”
Socrates