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Introduction to the Subject

The origin of Western Philosophy is traced back to the ancient Greeks such as Thales, Anaximander, and so on. It is well-known that the word "philosophy" comes from the Greek φ ι λ ο σ ο φία (philosophia) for "love of wisdom". Philosophy is one of the oldest academic discipline and concerns itself with many fundamental questions such as- Does God exist? Why is there something rather than nothing? Who am I? Do humans have free will? What is the ultimate nature of reality? Why should I be moral? How is the mind related to the body? Philosophers tend to ask
some vexing questions and attack them at the grass-roots.
Philosophy is distinguished from other ways of investigating those problems by its critical, systematic approach and its reliance on rational argument. Originally the term “philosophy” was applied to all intellectual endeavors and the scope of it was very broad. There was the time when physics, biology, chemistry, and many other disciplines were classified as "philosophy".

We know that philosophy- love of wisdom- is not the preserve of the West only. Eastern civilization has had its own unique schools of philosophy and pursued truth in its on ways. Sometimes, Eastern Philosophy seems to stands in some marked contrast to Western Philosophy and yet to make sharp distinction between Eastern Philosophy and Westem Philosophy is not easy. If we turn our eyes to the Korean peninsula, we could find a broad spectrum of thoughts and many great thinkers, scholars and saints- such as Saint Wonhyo, Yi Hwang (Toegye), Yi I (Yulgok), Jeong Yak-yong(Dasan)- in it. Korean Philosophy has been shaped by a number of religious and philosophical thought -systems over the years, including Shamanism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism.

General Information

Since its establishment in 1951, the Department of Philosophy has been striving to enhance the pride of the academic community and has cultivated many distinguished talents. We teach our students general philosophical theories and train them in sound reasoning, critical thinking, and sophisticated reading.
The Department offers a varied undergraduate curriculum that allows students to acquire a solid general education in philosophy or to concentrate in more specialized areas. We have a strong focus on the history of philosophy from antiquity to the present as well as traditional core areas of philosophy such as epistemology, metaphysics, ethics logic, and so on. Moreover the Department offers a wide range of curriculum about Korean philosophy as well as Early Buddhism, and Neo-Confucianism.

The office of the Department and other affiliates are housed in the building of ‘College of Humanities’, near to the North Gate of the University. The Department consists of 8 faculty members, 1 staff member, some 25 graduate students, and more than 100 undergraduate philosophy majors.

Careers After Graduation

Studying philosophy is intensive and demanding. It requires creativity and freedom of thought, combined with considerable rigor and discipline of thought. It is well known that philosophy majors are excellent in verbal reasoning and analytical writing. Therefore studying philosophy provides good preparation for many popular careers. For the students who have interests in the teaching profession at middle or high school undergraduate Teacher Certification Program is offered. Graduates from our department are welcomed in governments, media, publishing and many other fields.