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2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog 
2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy Department

Philosophy Department

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Language and Literature 337

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Fax (509) 963-1822
See Web site for how these programs could be used for educational and career purposes.

Faculty and Staff

Chenyang Li

Peter M. Burkholder, Ph.D. ethics, epistemology, modern philosophy
Chenyang Li, Ph.D. Asian philosophy, comparative philosophy, ethics, and philosophy of language

Associate Professor
Jeffrey Dippmann, Ph.D. Asian religion and philosophy, world religions, Chinese religion, Buddhist and Daoist philosophy
Heidi Szpek, Ph.D., Hebrew Bible, western religious traditions, world religions, ancient studies and the Bible

Assistant Professors
Cynthia Coe, Ph.D. continental philosophy, feminist philosophy

Emeritus Professors
Jay E. Bachrach, Ph.D.
Raeburne S. Heimbeck, Ph.D.
Webster F. Hood, Ph.D.
Chester Z. Keller, Ph.D.
John Utzinger, Ph.D.

Jan Farrell, secretary

Department Information

The original meaning of the word philosophy is “the love of wisdom.” Philosophy therefore represents an ongoing process of critical and speculative inquiry into questions representing people’s deepest concerns, such as the meaning of existence, the nature of reality, and the grounds of human conduct. The religious studies specialization is a path of inquiry into the nature of religion, its pervasive role in human life, and its contribution to understanding human existence and destiny.


• Philosophy Major, B.A. (45-60 credits)
• Philosophy Minor
• Religious Studies Minor
• Religious Studies Specialization (50-59 credits) (60 credits)

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