DePaul University Catalog > Undergraduate Core > Liberal Studies Program > Liberal Studies Learning Domains > Philosophical Inquiry

Philosophical Inquiry

Courses in the Philosophical Inquiry domain address conceptual issues fundamental to reflection on such philosophical topics as metaphysics (e.g., being and nonbeing, the one and the many, the nature of reality, same and other, self and other); epistemology (e.g., the nature and possibility of knowledge, different ways of knowing, knowledge vs. opinion, truth and falsity); ethics (e.g., right and wrong action, good and bad, objectivism and relativism in ethics, social and political philosophies, the idea of value, the problem of evil); and aesthetics (e.g., the nature of beauty, aesthetic value, the possibility of aesthetic valuation). Courses address questions of how such topics impinge upon, shape, and challenge student lives.

Learning Outcomes

​Students will be able to:

  • Address, critically think about, and analyze philosophical questions and problems.
  • Evaluate philosophical questions, issues and/or problems using informed judgment.
  • Analyze and interpret the methods used by philosophers in addressing philosophical questions, issues, and/or problems.
  • Engage with philosophical topics and figures in their historical context.
  • Confront and interpret primary texts from the philosophical tradition.
  • Write an analytic essay treating a philosophical question, issue and/or problem that forwards an identifiable thesis, argument, and conclusion.


Below please find examples of courses previously offered for philosophical inquiry credit. For information on current offerings, please consult campus connection.

African & Black Diaspora Studies

Catholic Studies      

Computer Game Development

Computer Science

Digital Cinema

Environmental Science and Studies


Health Sciences

Information Technology

Liberal Studies in Education

Media and Cinema Studies


Modern Languages

Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies


Political Science

School for New Learning


Women’s and Gender Studies

Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse