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 2003

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

A Defense of Just Cause Dismissal Rules, John Joseph McCall

Spirituality in Business: The Latest Management Fad or the Next Breakthrough?, John Joseph McCall

Alturism and Goodwill in the Nicomachean Ethics, Andrew Payne

A New Account of Thick Concepts, Andrew Payne

Emerson on Socrates and the Tyranny of the Majority, Andrew Payne

Cultural Pluralism and the Limitations of the Classicist Conception of Culture, Paul St. Amour

The Ontological Argument Across Realms of Meaning, Paul St. Amour

Finite Possibilities: Gadamer on Historically-Mediated Truth., Brice R. Wachterhauser

Submissions from 2002

Ethics and Politics, James Boettcher

How to Teach Plato's 'Republic' in a Service Learning Course, James Boettcher

Reasonableness and Political Justification: A Study of John Rawls' Idea of Public Reason, James Boettcher

Review of "Dear Sisters: Dispatches from the Woman's Liberation Movement", Audre Jean Brokes

Review of "Radical Feminism: A Documentary Reader", Audre Jean Brokes

Review of "The Politics of Women's Studies: Testimony from 30 Founding Mothers", Audre Jean Brokes

Review of Why Feminism, Audre Jean Brokes

Ethics in Clinical Experimentation, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Ethics in Clinical Experimentation, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Priesthood: Then and Now, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation: History and Practice, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

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

Violence and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland: 'Best Practice' in Moral Education, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Defending a Living Wage, John Joseph McCall

Leadership and Ethics: Corporate Accountability to Whom, for What and by What Means?, John Joseph McCall

Persons, Identity, and RU-486, Todd C. Moody

Kierkegaard's Retrieval of the Existential Subject, Paul St. Amour

Lonergan Aestetics, Paul St. Amour

Getting it Right: Relativism, Realism, and Truth., Brice R. Wachterhauser

Submissions from 2001

Political Justification and the Paradox of Public Reason, James Boettcher

What Does the Generality Problem Show?, Audre Jean Brokes

Racism, Historical Ruins and the Task of Identity Formation, Arnold L. Farr

Reflective Judgment and the Boundaries of Finite Human Knowledge: The Path Toward Fichte's 1794/95 Wissenschaftslehre, Arnold L. Farr

Rights, Recognition, and Regulative Ideas: On the Relationship Between Fichte's Theory of Rights and Contemporary Liberation Philosophies, Arnold L. Farr

Story of a hyphenated-consciousness, Arnold L. Farr

Hope, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Advance Directives, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

A History of Religious Orders, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Ethics Committees: Goals and Challenges, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Eucharist: Sacred Synaxis and Cosmic Mass, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Ignatian Discernment, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Jonathan Edwards and the Imputation of Adam's Sin, John Kearney

Catholic Social Thought and the Obligations of Employers: Severance and Just Wages, John Joseph McCall

Contemporary Management Theories and Catholic Social Thought, John Joseph McCall

Employee Voice in Corporate Governance: A Defense of Strong Participation Rights, John Joseph McCall

Ethical Reflections on European Outplacement Policies, John Joseph McCall

Leadership and Ethics, John Joseph McCall

Quidam's Diary and the Problem of Repitition, Vincent A. McCarthy

Why Are We Here, Todd C. Moody

Shame, Rhetoric and Self-Revelation in Plato's Gorgias, Andrew Payne

Kierkegaard and Lonergan's Proleptic Vision of an Integral Thought-Existence Relation, Paul St. Amour

Kierkegaard's Retrieval of the Existential Subject, Paul St. Amour

Philosphy as Existential, Paul St. Amour

Review of "Nietzsche's Postmoralism: Essay on Nietzsche's Prelude to Philosphy's Future", Paul St. Amour

Submissions from 2000

Rawls and Gaus on the Idea of the Public Reason, James Boettcher

Providing Incentives to Motivate Students to Work Outside of Class, Audre Jean Brokes

Semantic Empiricism and Direct Acquaintance in 'The Philosophy of Logical Atomism', Audre Jean Brokes

The Argument from Illusion Reconsidered, Audre Jean Brokes

Marginal Groups and Mainstream American Culture, Arnold L. Farr

Ethical Concepts in Clinical Experimentation, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Ethical Issues in Death and Dying, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Wellness of Body and Soul, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Capital Punishment in the Catholic Tradition, Elizabeth A. Linehan

La Peine de Mort aux Etats-Unis (The Death Penalty in the United States), Elizabeth A. Linehan

Voluntary Intercourse and Fetal Rights, Joseph Lombardi S.J.

Contemporary Issues in Business Ethics. 4th ed., John Joseph McCall

Flexibility, Layoffs, Unemployment and Employer Responsibilities (Translated into German), John Joseph McCall

Leadership and Ethics, John Joseph McCall

Spiritual Roots of the Learning Organization, John Joseph McCall

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Character and the Forms of Friendship in Aristotle, Andrew Payne

Kierkegaard and Lonergan, Paul St. Amour

Moral Realism, Reflexivity, and the Abdication of Virtue, Paul St. Amour

Moral Realism, Reflexivity, and the Abdication of Virtue, Paul St. Amour

Negotiating the Thought-Existence Relation: A Kierkegaard / Lonergan Dialouge, Paul St. Amour

Presence and Differentiation: A Responce to Elizabeth Morelli's 'Oversight of Insight and the Critique of the Metaphysics of Presence', Paul St. Amour

The Scale-Wielding God and the Limits of Philosophical Theodicy, Paul St. Amour

The Scale-Wielding God and the Limits of Philosophical Theory, Paul St. Amour

Submissions from 1999

Public Reason and Public Justification, James Boettcher

Direct Inference as a Form of Sellarsian Material Inference, Audre Jean Brokes

Inter-racial Teaching Teams, Anti-Racism, and the Politics of White Resistance: Teaching Introduction to Women Studies at a Predominatly White Research University, Audre Jean Brokes

Toward a Mackinnonesque Epistemology, Audre Jean Brokes

An Arguement from Trust, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Death and Dying, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Death and Dying, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Grief and Consolation, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Informed Consent: What It Means to Physicians and Patients, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Patient Confidentiality: Rights, Responsibilities, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

The Gospel of Matthew: Jewish, Christian, and Contemporary, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Executing the Innocent, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Spiritual Themes of the "Learning Organization", John Joseph McCall

Unemployment, Layoffs and Employer Responsibilities, John Joseph McCall

Review of "Social Ethics: A Student's Guide", Andrew Payne

Shame in Gorgias, Andrew Payne

The Refutation of Agathon: Symposium 199c-201c, Andrew Payne

When Fortune is Generous, What Need of There of Friends? Self-Sufficiency and Friendship in the Lysis, Andrew Payne

James Edie's Critique of Post-Structuralism., Brice R. Wachterhauser

Submissions from 1998

Liberal Civic Republicans: Dworkins and Habermas on Democracy and Political Community, James Boettcher

Application of Medical and Surgical Interventions near the End of Life, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Artificial Nutrition and Hydration in the Roman Catholic Tradition, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Death and Dying, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Ethical Principles in Health Care: Theology and Philosophy, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.