May 27, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Philosophy

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Dean: Bryan Zygmont, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus: William J. Collinge

Professors: Dr. Joshua Hochschild, Dr. Jessy Jordan

Associate Professors: Dr. Christopher J. Anadale, Dr. Richard Buck, Dr. Justin J. Matchulat, Dr. Michael R. Miller, Dr. Thane M. Naberhaus (Chair)

Assistant Professors: Dr. John Hersey, Dr. Rika Dunlap

The study of philosophy is central to a Catholic liberal-arts education, which is dedicated to the pursuit of truth and the formation of students in Christian humanism. Courses in the Philosophy Department seek (1) to cultivate critical reasoning skills, including the capacity to synthesize and integrate knowledge; (2) to impart knowledge of and foster respect for the history of philosophy; and (3) in conversation with the Catholic intellectual tradition, (i) to stimulate in students a love of wisdom, manifest in a desire to know themselves and engage in ongoing reflection on questions central to the human condition; and (ii) to prepare students to carefully reflect on and respond to the various cultural forces operating on them.

The goal of cultivating critical reasoning is addressed by a course in logic, by the teaching of the principles of logic in the core curriculum, and by an emphasis on the analysis of arguments in all philosophy courses. The goal of fostering an informed appreciation of the history of philosophy is addressed through the historically focused approach taken in core and elective courses. The goal of cultivating a love of wisdom and the habit of reflection on the human condition is fostered in all philosophy courses through reasoned examination of the nature of the human person, the goods humans appropriately value, the principles governing their conduct, and their relation to the wider world, their fellow human beings, and God. Through its minor and major, the department further addresses these goals by providing opportunities for advanced course work and preparation for graduate studies.

In keeping with its central role in the liberal arts tradition, philosophy promotes the integration of learning by exploring its relationship to other academic disciplines and professional pursuits. By developing the skills of reasoning, reading, writing and dialogue, the department contributes to the achievement of foundational aims of the core curriculum and prepares students for responsible citizenship in a democratic society and global community.



    Bachelor of Arts

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