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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 

 17-18 Upper Division Schedule

 Spring Quarter 2017 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

 

Philosophy Professor Daniel Dombrowski published Whitehead's Religious Thought: From Mechanism to Organism, From Force to Persuasion (2017, SUNY Press). Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), an English mathematician and philosopher, focused on change as the cornerstone of reality, a view known as process philosophy.

“The process theistic thought of Whitehead is a third alternative between classical theism and religious skepticism,” Dombrowski said.

The book discusses Whitehead’s philosophy in apposition to six major thinkers: David Ray Griffin, Isabelle Stengers, John Rawls, Charles Hartshorne, Judith Butler, and William Wordsworth.

“Whitehead is highly relevant to contemporary work in philosophy of mind, political philosophy, and environmental ethics,” Dombrowski added. “The move from force to persuasion, in particular, is not only fundamental to Whitehead’s own thought and to process thought in general, but is a necessary condition for the continuing existence of civilized life.”

Dombrowski, who joined the Philosophy faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1988, has published 19 books, including A History of the Concept of God: A Process Approach; Rawls and Religion: The Case for Political Liberalism; and A Platonic Philosophy of Religion: A Process Perspective. He has authored more than 170 articles for scholarly journals in philosophy, theology, classics, and literature. Internationally renowned and frequently sought out for his expertise on a variety of subjects, he has addressed the European Union Parliament on the roles of religion and politics in our modern world.

Dombrowski serves on the editorial boards of journals and the boards of professional associations and societies throughout the country and internationally. He has received numerous awards for his scholarship and teaching. He is the recent recipient of Seattle University’s McGoldrick Fellowship, the most prestigious award conferred by the university upon a member of the faculty.

A description of Whitehead's Religious Thought: From Mechanism to Organism, From Force to Persuasion is on YouTube here.

 

Seattle University President Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J., announced that Philosophy Professor Dan Dombrowski, PhD, is the 2016-17 recipient of the McGoldrick Fellowship, the most prestigious award conferred by the university upon a member of the faculty. More here.