Philosophy is quite unlike any other field.
It is unique both in its methods and in the nature and breadth of its subject matter.
Philosophy pursues questions in every dimension of human life, and its techniques
apply to problems in any field of study or endeavor.
The Department of Philosophy & Humanities offers three concentrations of the philosophy major: traditional Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Justice, Ethics, and Law. Students may pursue either a B.A. or B.S. degree. Minors are also offered in Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Humanities.
Faculty in the Department of Philosophy and Humanities bring a wealth of diverse areas
of specialization, including:
- Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy, Stoicism, Plato, Aristotle, Ancient Science, Medieval Philosophy, Arabic Philosophy - Ian Hensley
- Early Modern Philosophy - Keith Green, Ian Hensley
- 19th and 20th Century European Philosophy including Phenomenology, Existentialism, and Post-Structuralism - Leslie MacAvoy
- Classical and Modern Political Philosophy, Marxism, Globalism and Global Justice, Public/Population Health Ethics, Philosophies of Nonviolence and Civil Disobedience, Populism and Nationalism, and Animal Ethics and Animal Resistance - Michael Allen
- Social and Political Philosophy - Michael Allen, Brandon Holter, Leslie MacAvoy, Paul Tudico
- Philosophy of Law - Leslie MacAvoy, Paul Tudico
- Environmental Philosophy - Brandon Holter
- Feminist Philosophy - Leslie MacAvoy
- Ethical Theory, Metaethics, Moral Psychology, Moral Responsibility - Allen Coates
- Ethics - Allen Coates, Leslie MacAvoy
- Applied Ethics - Allen Coates, Paul Tudico
- Bioethics - Paul Tudico
- Free Will - David Harker
- Philosophy of Religion, Ethics of Religion, Philosophical Issues related to Hate - Keith Green
- Practical Reason - Allen Coates, Paul Tudico
- Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Biology - David Harker, Brandon Holter
- Philosophy of Mind - Brandon Holter
- Metaphysics - David Harker
- Epistemology - David Harker, Ian Hensley, Brandon Holter
- Disinformation - David Harker
News and Events
Congratulations to Gabrielle Johnson and Sydney Bradley! Gabrielle was chosen as the Outstanding Student in Philosophy, and Sydney received the Niall Shanks Memorial Honors Thesis Scholarship!
A new essay by Jill Drouillard, Visiting Assistant Professor in Philosophy, has been published by the American Philosophical Association. “How to Philosophize with an Affinity of Hammers: Censorship and Reproductive Freedom in France” is featured in the APA’s Women in Philosophy blog series, found here.
Michael Allen has two forthcoming publications: “Reconciling Gandhi’s Perpetrator and Victimhood Perspectives On Violence: Knowledge, Intersectionality, and Transcendence,” in Journal of Dharma and “Animal Liberation from a Gandhian Perspective: Political and Spiritual Freedom in the Purusharthas,” to appear in Journal of East-West Thought.
A book edited by Keith Green (with Aurelia Armstrong and Andrea Sangiacomo), Spinoza and Relational Autonomy: Being With Others, has been published by Edinburgh University Press. Dr. Green’s essay entitled “Spinoza on Affirmation, Anima and Autonomy: ‘Shattered Spirits’” is included in the volume.
Scott Contreras-Koterbay, Professor of Art History and Adjunct in Philosophy, has written a book (with Łukasz
Mirocha) called The New Aesthetic and Art: Constellations of the Postdigital, published by Institute of Network Cultures.
Leslie MacAvoy's essay entitled "Heidegger, Dreyfus, and the Intelligibility of Practical Comportment" has been published in Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology.