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Thought and Action

Timeless questions…

What is it to live well, and rightly? What does it all mean, and why does it matter?

Fundamental questions like these, about ourselves and our world, are at the heart of the human experience, and also of the philosophy program at Beloit College. They are what make philosophy the wellspring of the liberal arts, and the connective tissue uniting the disciplines.

…and practical skills for our dynamic world.

Thinking carefully and critically through complex problems and concepts. Finding connections across disparate contexts. Hearing the ideas of others with patience and charity. Taking positions of your own, and offering reasons for them, that balance confidence and humility. Communicating your ideas in writing, as well as in discussion.

These are the skills that are central to the study of philosophy, and they are also the skills employers want in an evolving global marketplace, where the careers you find may not even have been invented yet.

Stephanie Klett ’89, Wisconsin’s award-winning Secretary of Tourism, shows off her state’s best-known export.

Wisconsin Insider

Wisconsin’s Department of Tourism lives by its motto: When you’re having fun, they’re having fun. And no one embodies fun like Secretary of Tourism Stephanie Klett’89. She is the state’s number-one cheerleader and person-in-the-know about Wisconsin.


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