The philosophy major is designed to teach students how to be incisive logical thinkers, strong writers and oral communicators, and conscientious citizens. Our major-level courses emphasize an interactive approach to learning, where discussion and feedback from professors is of paramount importance.

A degree in philosophy can be an excellent asset to a professional career. The analytical problem-solving abilities and communication skills that the major stresses are of great value in the business world, as well as in fields like law and medicine. It is no accident that philosophy majors have historically scored the highest of any major nationally on the LSAT (the standardized admissions test for law school), and second only to engineering on the GRE (the parallel standardized test for graduate school). Illustrating this trend, philosophy majors at SJU have been admitted to a number of the nation’s top law schools and graduate programs in recent years, as well as have been hired by non-profit organizations and prestigious financial firms.

Because of the philosophy major’s flexibility and natural interconnections with issues in other disciplines, many students combine it with a major or minor in another field. Popular choices include psychology, English, economics and political science, though there are many other possibilities as well.

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Submissions from 2017

Superintelligence as Moral Philosopher, Joseph A. Corabi

Submissions from 2016

Neurosexism and Neurofeminism, Viginia A. Hoffman

Out of Our Skulls: How the Extended Mind Thesis Can Extend Psychiatry, Viginia A. Hoffman

Review of The Eclipse and Recovery of Beauty: A Lonergan Approach, by John D. Dadosky, Paul St. Amour

The Eclipse and Recovery of Beauty: A Lonergan Approach. By John D. Dadosky, Paul St. Amour

Submissions from 2013

Treating Yourself as an Object: Self-Objectification and Tthe Ethical Dimensions of Antidepressant Use, Viginia A. Hoffman

Does God Exist? A Dialogue, Todd Moody

Cosmopolis and Economy: Toward a Critical Human Science of Macroeconomics, Paul St. Amour

The Political Problem of Religious Pluralism: And Why Philosophers Can't Solve It. Review of "The Political Problem of Religious Pluralism: And Why Philosophers Can't Solve It," by Thaddeus J. Kozinski, Paul St. Amour

"What Are You Doing Around Here?": Trayvon Martin and the Logic of Black Guilt, Vanessa Wills

Submissions from 2012

Debating Rawls: Maffetone and his Critics, James Boettcher

The Moral Status of Public Reason, James Boettcher

Prophecy, Foreknowledge, and Middle Knowledge, Joseph A. Corabi

The Metaphysics of Uploading, Joseph A. Corabi

Trust of People, Words, and God: A Route for Philosophy of Religion, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

The Principles of the First Critique, James C. Hebbeler

What, If Anything, Can Neuroscience Tell Us About Gender Differences?, Viginia A. Hoffman

We Make the Way by Walking: Reflections on Our Communal Discernment Chapter, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Situating Lonergan's Economics in a Context of Collaboration, Paul St. Amour

Submissions from 2011

Immigration and Civic Identity, James Boettcher

Eschatological Cutoffs, Joseph A. Corabi

Hell and Character, Joseph A. Corabi

Why the Evolutionary Argument Is Not Really an Evolutionary Argument After All, Joseph A. Corabi

Freud, Ricoeur, and Marcuse on the Teleology of Desire, Andrew Payne

Is Goodness a Determinable Property?, Andrew Payne

Justice as Self-Transmitting Power and Just Acts in Republic 4, Andrew Payne

Review of 'Socratic Moral Psychology' by Thomas C. Brickhouse and Nicholas D. Smith, and Review of 'Aiming at Virtue in Plato' by Iakovos Vasiliou, Andrew Payne

Income Inequality and the Problem of the Basic Expansion, Paul St. Amour

Submissions from 2010

Immigration, Citizenship and Justice: A Discussion, James Boettcher

Review of "The Autonomy of Morality", James Boettcher

Review of "The Political Morality of Liberal Democracy", James Boettcher

The Moral Status of Public Reason, James Boettcher

The Political Economy of El Salvador, James Boettcher

Toleration and Public Reason, James Boettcher

Philosophy of Religion: A Particularist Introduction: Handbook and Readings, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Comments on Lucy Allais' "A Priori Concepts' and 'Relation to an Object', James C. Hebbeler

Business Ethics after Auschwitz: How Have We Changed - or Have We?, John Joseph McCall

Employment at Will and Employee Rights, John Joseph McCall

Executive Compensation, John Joseph McCall

Management Education and Catholic Social Thought, John Joseph McCall

Goodness and the Division of Goods in Republic II, Andrew Payne

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Review of "Plato's Critique of Imperfect Reason", Andrew Payne

Bernard Lonergan on Affirmation of the Existence of God, Paul St. Amour

Cosmopolis and Economy: Toward a Critical Human Science of Macroeconomics, Paul St. Amour

Economic Slumps: Diagnoses--and Prevention?, Paul St. Amour

Self-Transcendence as Grounding an Integral Understanding of the Faith-Reason Relation, Paul St. Amour

Utilitarianism and Human Dignity, Paul St. Amour

Submissions from 2009

Habermas, Religion and the Ethics of Citizenship, James Boettcher

Internal Minorities, Membership and the Freedmen Controversy, James Boettcher

Introduction: Religion and the Public Sphere, James Boettcher

Philosophy and Social Criticism (special double issue on Religion and the Public Sphere), James Boettcher

Race and Political Discourse, James Boettcher

Race, Ideology, and Ideal Theory, James Boettcher

Remarks on Human Rights, James Boettcher

Review of "Frontiers of Justice", James Boettcher

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Intelligent Design and Theodicy, Joseph A. Corabi

A Philosopher Reads 'Spe Salvi', a study of Benedict XVI's "On Christian Hope", Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Better to Receive Than to Give: The Meaning of Trust in Religious and Catholic Thought, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Chapter in "The Future of Pieper's _Hope and History_, in _Cosmopolitan Hermit: Modernity and Tradition in the Philosophy of Josef Pieper_", Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Community in Support of Mission, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Into the Fire: Philosophy Inside Out through the Instructor Lens, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Jesuit Mission in Criminal Justice Education, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Teaching Inside Out, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Business Education at Catholic Universities: Current Status and Future Directions, John Joseph McCall

Agape and Eros Revisited, Andrew Payne

Economic Slumps: Symptoms, Treatments, Diagnosesâ and Prevention?, Paul St. Amour

On the Validity of Extrinsic Causality in Proofs for the Existence of God, Paul St. Amour

Situating Lonergan's Economics in a Context of Collaboration, Paul St. Amour

Submissions from 2008

Care of the Soul: Service-Learning and the Value of the Humanities, James Boettcher

Revisiting the Internal Minorities Problem: The Freedmen Controversy, James Boettcher

What is Reasonableness?, James Boettcher

Comment on Paper by Penny Pasque, Audre Jean Brokes

Reconciliation in Academe (Being Unable to Practice What We Preach), Elizabeth A. Linehan

Religious Ultimacy and Moral Vision: The Challenge of Violence (review of "'Just War, Holy War", by Lloyd Steffen), Elizabeth A. Linehan

Business Education at Catholic Universities: Current Status and Future Directions, John Joseph Mccall

The Mark of the Mental, Todd C. Moody

Classification and the Good in Plato's Republic, Andrew Payne

The Teleology of the Ascent in Plato's Symposium, Andrew Payne

A Reassessment of Insight 19, Paul St. Amour

On the Validity of Extrinsic Causality in Proofs for the Existence of God, Paul St. Amour

Submissions from 2007

Respect, Recognition, and Public Reason, James Boettcher

Submissions from 2005

John Rawls, James Boettcher

Public Reason and Religion, James Boettcher

Strong Inclusionist Accounts of the Role of Religion in Political Decision-Making, James Boettcher

Against God's Moral Goodness, Joseph Lombardi S.J.

Submissions from 2004

What Is Reasonableness?, James Boettcher

Conceiving Trust for Philosophy of Religion, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Race and the Death Penalty, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Accessing Executive Compensation, John Joseph McCall

Contemporary Issues in Business Ethics. 5th ed, John Joseph McCall

Aquinas on Quantity of Matter and the Principle of Individuation, Andrew Payne

Gracia and Aquinas on Individuation, Andrew Payne

Lonergan and the Problem of Critical Realism in Contemporary Thomism, Paul St. Amour

Submissions from 2003

Ecologism, Environmental Protection and Liberal Democratic Decision-Making, James Boettcher

Political Liberalism Without a Theory of Justice?, James Boettcher

Political, Not Metaphysical: Reading the Bishops' Letter as a Form of Public Reason, James Boettcher

Oppression and Epistemic Advantage, Audre Jean Brokes

Trust and Suspicion in Christian Religion: WHat are the Issues?, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Retribution and Restoration: The Two Paths, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Une peine injuste et inequitable (An Unjust and Inequitable Punishment, Elizabeth A. Linehan