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

The Examined Life (3 credit hours)

Logic and Argument (3 credit hours)

History of Philosophy (9 credit hours)

Advanced Courses in Philosophy (6 credit hours)

(at least 3 credit hours must be from courses numbered 374-378)

Senior Seminar (1 credit hour)

(Students are required to submit and present a senior philosophy paper in their senior year.)           

Additional Electives in Philosophy (12 credit hours)

Total Credit Hours for the Major in Philosophy (34)

Philosophy Minor

Requirements for a Minor in Philosophy

The Examined Life (3 credit hours)

History of Philosophy (3 credit hours)

Choose one of the following courses:        

Additional Electives in Philosophy (12 credit hours)

Total Credit Hours for the Minor in Philosophy (18)

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