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For the Fall, under the guidance of State and County officials, and placing health and safety first, NCC will provide the majority of courses that can be instructed remotely or online in this format. Courses that have critical components and require face-to-face instruction, including classes with lab components that cannot easily be replicated remotely, will be instructed on-campus in a face-to-face format following appropriate health and safety guidelines and procedures to maintain the safety of the NCC community.

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Phone: 516.572.7450
Location: Nassau Hall - 217
Chairperson: Prof. Gary Ostertag 


Philosophy means love of wisdom.

A philosopher questions everything, seeking answers to serious questions: Does human life have meaning? What is the difference between right and wrong? How should we live our lives? Do we have free will? Does God exist? Can humans know what the physical world is really like? In doing this, the philosopher uses finely tuned arguments and tries to follow them wherever they lead. Philosophy is intrinsically interesting, enlightening, and enjoyable, but it is also an unsurpassed tool for sharpening students' reasoning skills. Moreover, philosophy courses are writing intensive, emphasizing the written expression of philosophical ideas. This is why pre-law and pre-medical students are often advised to study it, and many four-year colleges and universities require it of all students.

Programs Of Study

View the Philosophy Department's program in the current College Catalog.


Course Descriptions

View the Philosophy Department's course descriptions in the current College Catalog.

Philosophy (PHI)

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