College of Arts and Sciences
Philosophy Department

Philosophy Department

  • The study of philosophy begins with questions that are as personal as they are universal: What truths can I know? How should I live? Who, or what, am I? Where is my place in the grand scheme of things? To respond fruitfully to such questions requires training in critical habits of mind, learning from the rich traditions and the great minds that have reflected on such questions and engaging in lively discussion with a community of inquirers.

    Degrees offered: BA, minor

    Philosophy Jobs and Test Scores 

    2015-16 Upper Division Course Schedule

    2016-17 Upper Division Course Schedule

     Winter 2016 Course Descriptions


    Scholarly Excellence - Philosophy

    Jason, Wirth, PhD: He loves Socrates, Plato, Diogenes, and Nietzsche. He cherishes the philosophies of Asia and indigenous peoples. Philosophy Professor Jason Wirth, a Zen priest, blames the Jesuits for instilling a lifelong passion for philosophy, a passion he instills in his students. Read more here.


  • News and Events

    Alumni in the News: Meet Ryan Sawyer, '94, soccer star, Rhodes scholar, Philosophy and English major here

    President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., installed Philosophy Professor Jason Wirth as the Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities on April 17, 2015. Following the installation, Shudo Brian Schroeder, Philosophy Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology and an ordained Soto Zen priest, presented "Practice-Realization: Zen Master Dogen and Original Awakening." More here.