Why study Philosophy?
What is the nature of reality? What is knowledge? Is my will free? What is the difference between right and wrong? What is the relation between the mind and the body? What is the meaning of life? Philosophers use reason and argument in the attempt to answer these questions. If this interests you, then explore a major in philosophy at UW-Eau Claire.
Why study Religious Studies?
Are you interested in gaining a deeper insight into the way people think, feel and act? Did you know this could all stem from their religion? A degree in Religious Studies explores the distinctively religious aspects of life in a wide range of cultural and historical settings.
Dr. Steven Fink's book, Dribbling for Dawah: Sports Among Muslim Americans, was recently released by Mercer University Press.
Dr. Fink's main areas of research are American Islam, connections between religion and sports and Islamophobia.
Dr. Charlene Burns' new book, Christian Understanding of Evil: The Historical Trajectory (Fortress Press) has just been released.
Dr. Burns offers a brief but thorough tour through more than two millennia of thought on the nature of evil.
Dr. Matthew Meyer and Dr. Kristin Schaupp, philosophy and religious studies, received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The project is titled "What is Happiness? A Pluralistic Approach." As part of the project a new philosophy course will be developed on the theme of happiness and will be taught twice during the grant period by each faculty member. The award is $28,000.
Congratulations go out
to our 2015-2016
"Is Empathy Evil? Reconstructing the Complexity of a Concept" was the title of a paper
presented by Dr. Charlene Burns at the joint meeting of the International Society for Science
and Religion and the American Academy of Religion this past November in Atlanta, GA.
Dr. Burns also participated on the panel "Against Empathy?: Neuroscientific Debates on
the Existence of the Human Mirror Neuron System and the Moral Significance of Empathy"
We have a local Chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the National Honors Society for Religious Studies. For more information visit Theta Alpha Kappa and contact the local chapter's faculty advisor firstname.lastname@example.org