College of Arts and Sciences


  • 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

    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. Learn more here.


  • News and Events

    President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., will install Philosophy Professor Jason Wirth as the Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities on April 17 at 4 p.m. Following the installation, Shudo Brian Schroeder, Philosophy Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology and an ordained Soto Zen priest, will present "Practice-Realization: Zen Master Dogen and Original Awakening." More here.

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