Department of Philosophy

Vision

The Department of Philosophy seeks to introduce students to philosophy as part of their general education requirements at Saint Xavier University; to provide a well-rounded program for students who choose to major in the subject; and to promote philosophical discussion in the University's community at large. In performing these roles, we keep in mind Socrates' admonition that "the unexamined life is not worth living for a human being." Accordingly, we always have an eye on the larger context of living a human life within which the questions of philosophy arise and which ultimately gives them their point.

Our fundamental aim is to encourage students to engage in the activity of philosophical reflection. With this in mind, we strive to make philosophical texts, both classical and current, accessible to students so that they can enter into the questions those texts open. Our courses are intended to teach students to read philosophical texts attentively and interpret them intelligently; to recognize the questions they contain and to reflect upon them thoughtfully; to follow, analyze and evaluate arguments: all with a view to developing and articulating and examining their own thoughts.

The major program is designed for those who wish to do graduate work in philosophy, those planning on graduate work in a related field (including certain professional programs, such as law, medicine or seminary), and those seeking a good liberal arts education, either for its own sake or as preparation for entering the work force.

Faculty

J. Aleksander, Chair; N. Lee; J. Montgomery; A. Morton; F. Perry; M. Sturdevant; T. Thorp

The Philosophy Curriculum

Courses are divided into three categories:

Requirements for a Major in Philosophy

3 Credit Hours in The Examined Life (3)
PHIL 140,
PHIL 150, or
HONOR 151
The Examined Life (3)
3 Credit Hours in Logic and Argument (3)
PHIL 210 Logic and Argument (3)
9 Credit Hours in the History of Philosophy (9)
PHIL 304 Ancient Philosophy (3)
PHIL 305 Medieval Philosophy (3)
PHIL 306 Early Modern Philosophy (3)
6 Credit Hours of Advanced Courses in Philosophy
(at least 3 credit hours must be from courses numbered 374-378)
(6)
PHIL 307 Late Modern Philosophy (3)
PHIL 308 Contemporary Philosophy (3)
PHIL 374 Studies in Ancient Philosophy (3)
PHIL 375 Studies in Medieval Philosophy (3)
PHIL 376 Studies in Early Modern Philosophy (3)
PHIL 377 Studies in Late Modern Philosophy (3)
PHIL 378 Studies in Contemporary Philosophy (3)
Senior Seminar
(Students are required to submit and present a senior philosophy paper in their senior year.)
(1)
PHIL 390 Senior Seminar (1)
12 Credit Hours of Additional Electives in Philosophy (12)
34 Total Credit Hours for the Major in Philosophy
(34)

Requirements for a Minor in Philosophy

The Examined Life (3)
PHIL 140,
PHIL 150, or
HONOR 151
The Examined Life (3)
3 Credit Hours of Courses in the History of Philosophy (3)
PHIL 304 Studies in Ancient Philosophy (3)
PHIL 305 Medieval Philosophy (3)
PHIL 306 Early Modern Philosophy (3)
12 Credit Hours of Additional Electives in Philosophy (12)
18 Total Credit Hours for the Minor in Philosophy
(18)

( ) = credit hours / / = classroom hours

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