Department of Philosophy






California State University, Chico

Welcome to Department of Philosophy

Philosophy majors address the fundamental questions by developing foundational cognitive skills. They learn to question the things most people take for granted and they learn how to go about pursuing the answers to those questions. The great virtue of philosophy is that it teaches not what to think, but how to think. Because of this, a philosophical education is a valuable foundation for just about any career and just about any sort of life.


"In unphilosophical minds any rare or unexpected thing excites wonder while in philosophical minds the familiar excites wonder also." -George Santayana