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Department of Philosophy

Our Mission Statement: At its core, philosophy promotes inquiry aimed at understanding and truth. It raises questions concerning topics such as the nature of morality and justice, persons, God and religious belief, beauty, knowledge, science, reason and reality. It seeks to answer such questions by critically examining arguments from a range of diverse perspectives informed by both historical and contemporary ideas. Inquiry also promotes agency. People familiar with the philosophical practice of giving and asking for reasons are able to recognize and evaluate evidence, to identify assumptions, to appreciate both the scope and limits of their knowledge and to make better decisions. They are thereby better able to engage in the complex task of becoming people for and with others. The philosophy department encourages inquiry and promotes agency in a deliberately diverse and inclusive, student-centered moral and intellectual community.

Explore Our Department

Explore Our Department

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Philosophy Degree Programs

Philosophy Degree Programs

The Department of Philosophy offers both an undergraduate major and minor in philosophy.

James Boettcher Ph.D.

Our Faculty

Our Faculty

Distinguished faculty members work closely with students and emphasize interactive learning, discussion and engagement in the world.

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Philosophy Resources

Philosophy Resources

Discover The Greater Philadelphia Philosophical Consortium, The American Philosophical Association, Philosophers in Jesuit Education and other helpful resources for philosophy students.

News & Announcements

Teaching Grants Bring Innovative New Courses to StudentsFour Saint Joseph’s professors were the recipients of 2020 Teaching Innovation Grants, including Nate Bulthius, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy. Dr. Bulthius used the grant to offer a year-long service-learning course that examined moral development in early childhood.

Is ‘Anxiety Culture’ a Societal New Norm?: Michael Schapira, Ph.D., adjunct professor of philosophy, discusses some of the keys to understanding anxiety after publishing a paper in Europe Now titled, “Anxiety Culture: The New Global State of Human Affairs?". The paper makes the case that, as the world increases their general knowledge and technological capability, they’re more likely to react to this higher level of awareness with anxiety, thus making it more of a cultural norm.

Student Project Shines Light on Latin American Art: Colin Petersen '20, who majored in philosophy while at Saint Joseph's, explored pre-Colombian Latin American pottery for an art-focused Summer Scholars project.

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Whether I was conducting research, teaching or simply studying for my classes, my time here at Saint Joseph's University gave me the foundational knowledge I hope to carry with me for the rest of my career."

zachery brown

Zachery Brown '17

philosophy and physics double major, Ph.D. Candidate at University of Rochester

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