|Dear Alumnus or Friend:
As a graduate (or friend) of Moravian’s Philosophy Program, we know that you understand the importance of philosophy for a liberal arts education. What is special about Moravian College is its liberal arts mission “to develop in students of all backgrounds the capacity to learn, reflect, reason, communicate, and act with integrity as individuals and in association with others.” We at the Philosophy Department, strongly believe that no other discipline does this better than philosophy. The love of wisdom, the thirst for knowledge, understanding for its own sake, and the search for life’s ultimate meaning, are profound forms of reflection, which lie at the heart of a liberal arts education.
We also know that, as philosophers, you also understand the importance of critical thinking, clear communication skills, and good reasoning in today’s global, multi-media, and high-tech communication environment. While many young people are overwhelmed with information and facts, many are undertrained in argumentative and analytical skills, skills needed to discern what facts are relevant and irrelevant, what arguments are valid and invalid, and what arguments are fallacious and why.
Finally, the importance of ethical thinking for the determination of values and virtues is a central part of philosophical research and a chief ingredient in developing individuals who can act with integrity and toward the common good of society.
In an effort to continue to fulfill the mission of the Moravian Philosophy Department, and to help improve our service and programs for our students, we ask your financial support and generosity to help enhance our on-going projects and programs.
Here are some important new developments that have taken place in the Moravian Philosophy Department during the 2008-2009 academic year.
- Hired a new Chair, Dr. Bernardo Cantens, in fall 2008;
- Hired a new faculty member, Dr. Arash Naraghi, to start in fall 2009;
- Added 14 new courses to its curriculum;
- Modified and strengthened the requirements for the major and minor;
- Created a Moravian Debate Team and competed nationally in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl;
- Started a Philosophy Lecture Series;
- Organized a vibrant and active Philosophy Club; and
- Created a new Chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, the international Honor Society for Philosophy, at Moravian College.
In the future we plan the following:
- To develop a new Program on Global Ethics and Diversity Studies;
- To enhance our Philosophy Lecture Series;
- To enhance our Student Philosophy Club;
- To develop a Philosophy Prize for Moravian Philosophy Students; and
- To start a Moravian Philosopher’s Club, a community (students, faculty, alumni and friends) interested in philosophical issues and discussions.
Our primary focus this year will be the Lecture Series Project. We hope that with the financial gifts we receive this year, we will be able to invite speakers of the highest caliber to campus. This will be an important source of sintellectual stimulation for our students and the Moravian community at large.
Bernardo J. Canteñs, Ph.D
Associate Professor and Chair
If you are a Moravian philosophy alumni or a friend of philosophy at Moravian, we invite your to become a member of The Moravian Philosopher's
Club by filling out the form below and contributing any amount that meets your budget. For the funds to reach us, please be certain to make donations payable to the Philosophy Department:
Department of Philosophy
I/we would like to support the Moravian Philosopher’s Club as
___Moravian’s Circle $100,000+
___1741 Circle $50,000+
___Chairman’s Circle $25,000+
___Trustee Circle $10,000+
___President’s Associates $5,000+
___Heritage Club $2,500+
___Third Century Club $1,000+
___Monocacy Club $500+
___Founders’ Club $250+
___Colonial Club $150+
___Greyhound Club up to $149
Membership extends through June 30, 2010 (except for lifetime members).
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You may also make an on-line gift by visiting the Moravian website and following the "Giving to Moravian" link. For the funds to reach us, please be certain to make donations payable to the Philosophy Department:
Office of Development
1200 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018-6650