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Contract major in Political Philosophy
Michael is from Middlefield, CT where he grew up planning on being president or a lawyer. After taking an introductory ethics course, he was enticed by the difficult nature of thought in philosophy and made the change to join the philosophy department. Michael is planning a future as a professor in philosophy. His major areas of interest are metaphysics, ethics, free will, time, happiness, death, suicide, and his major, political philosophy,. His favorite authors are Sam Harris, Friedrich Neitzsche, and Jean-Paul Sartre. His senior thesis is on Bhutanese Political Philosophy in the United States. Michael is also a member of the WCSU Men's Rugby team. He enjoys long walks on the beach, piña coladas, and gettin' caught in the rain.
"Only one man has ever understood me, and even he did not understand me." - G.W.F. Hegel
Ashley is graduating with a B.B.A. in Financial Accounting and a minor in Philosophy. She chose Philosophy first because of her "love of wisdom", and second because of the fact the Philosophy is a great complement to any major. Ashley's minor in Philosophy has given her a new awareness of Philosophical questions in her every day life regarding topics like ethics, death, reality, and love. These topics are all found in daily life, the business world, music, and world news, and the courses she has taken at Westconn have given her new insight based on ideas from philosophers like Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Renee Descartes, and Immanuel Kant (her favorites).
"The unexamined life is not worth living."- Socrates
Molly is a Danbury native graduating with a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy. Her ultimate career goal is to help others, and so Molly took on Psychology with that at heart. Philosophy became her minor when she discovered her own love of wisdom, and because she appreciated the fact that Philosophy picks up where science cannot reach. Psychology offers an understanding to the human mind while Philosophy ponders the unknowns. Both subjects help her understand the world and those who inhabit it. Molly wishes to continue her studies in both Psychology and Philosophy in search of the answer to "how does one develop, and develop well, despite all the unknowns in this reality?" She hopes to teach as a University professor after graduate school. Some of her favorite philosophers are Aristotle, Confucius, Epictetus, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Immanuel Kant. Molly holds the position of Secretary for the Philosophy Club and President of WCSU's Psi Chi. As Aristotle said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." Molly encapsulates this idea in the time she dedicates to her education."
""Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all." - Hypatia
Contract major in Historical Philosophy