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 1998

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

Facing Illness and Death, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

The Four Gospels: Similar but Different, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Jonathan Edwards and the 'Author of Sin' Charge, John Kearney

Jonathan Edwards on God's Foreknowledge and Decrees, John Kearney

Executing the Innocent, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Executing the Innocent, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Do Laid-Off Employees Deserve a Severance?, John Joseph McCall

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

Peter Aureol, Peter John Olivi, Robert Holcot, and William Crathorn, Robert Pasnau

Self-Sufficiency and Friendship: Nicomachean Ethics VIII and IX, Andrew Payne

Submissions from 1997

Recognition, Power and the Subject: The Intersection of Feminism and Critical Theory, James Boettcher

Lessons Unlearned: Theories of Direct Acquaintance at the Beginning and the End of Twentieth Century Epistemology, Audre Jean Brokes

Review of "Experience and God", Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Assisted Suicide and the Supreme Court, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Current Issues in Medical Ethics, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Designer Genes: Ethical Considerations in Genetics Research, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Doctor Assisted Suicide, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Dying in Christ, Raising in Christ: End of Life Decisions, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

For the Good of the Patient: Conflicts with Managed Care, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Jesuit Spirituality, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

The Human Person: Ethical Concerns, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Jonathan Edwards' Account of Adam's First Sin, John Kearney

Can Ethics Be Taught, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Religious Argument, Elizabeth A. Linehan

To Die or Not To Die, Elizabeth A. Linehan

James Rachels on Kant's Basic Idea, Joseph Lombardi S.J.

Catholic Social Thought and Employers' Layoff Obligations, John Joseph McCall

Dismissal Policies in the United States and Europe: Employment at Will versus Just Cause, John Joseph McCall

Free Speech in the Workplace, John Joseph McCall

Just Cause, John Joseph McCall

Products Liability, John Joseph McCall

Aquinas on Thought's Linguistic Nature, Robert Pasnau

Language and Action in Medieval Philosophy, Robert Pasnau

Olivi on the Metaphysics of the Soul, Robert Pasnau

Petri Iohannis Ilivi Tractatus de Verbo, Robert Pasnau

Theories of Cognition in the Later Middle Ages, Robert Pasnau

An Echo of Solon: The Problem of Debt in the Clouds, Andrew Payne

Giving Birth in the Beautiful: Diomita's Alternative to Aristotelian Praxis and Poiesis, Andrew Payne

Philosophy in the Distant Past: The Need for an Anthropology of Ancient Greece, Andrew Payne

Retrospective Justification in Diotima's Speeach, Andrew Payne

The Ergon of Eros and Practical Reason in Diotima's Speeach, Andrew Payne

The Play of Ideas., Brice R. Wachterhauser

Walden Pond and the City of Pigs: Thoreau, Plato, and the Ecology of the Soul., Brice R. Wachterhauser

Submissions from 1996

Review of "An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (Introducing Philosophy 1)", Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Managed Care, Managed Death, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Medical Ethics Presentation, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

The Ethical Maze: How to Drive Through It, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Withdrawing or Withholding Artificial Nutrition and Hydration from Patients with Incapacitating Brain Injuries or Other Life-Threatening Illnesses: The Roman Catholic Position, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

A Defense of Just Cause Dismissal Policies, John Joseph McCall

A Defense of Just Cause Dismissal Policies, John Joseph McCall

A Defense of Just Cause Dismissal Policies, John Joseph McCall

An Ethical Basis for Employee Participation, John Joseph McCall

Contemporary Issues in Business Ethics. 3rd ed., John Joseph McCall

Deceptive Advertising, John Joseph McCall

Rights and the Market, John Joseph McCall

Aquinas and Representationalism, Robert Pasnau

Review of "Language", Robert Pasnau

Review of "Pyrrhonian Reflections on Knowlege and Justification", Robert Pasnau

The Identity of Knower and Known, Robert Pasnau

Why the Externalist Still Needs an Answer to the Skeptic, Robert Pasnau

Phenomenology and Skepticism: Essays In Honor of James M. Edie., Brice R. Wachterhauser

The Desire of Reason: A Plea for a Practical Response to Skepticism., Brice R. Wachterhauser

The Desire of Reason: A Plea for a Practical Response to Skepticism., Brice R. Wachterhauser

The Shipwreck of Apodicticity? Phenomenology's Journey 'Beyond' Skepticism., Brice R. Wachterhauser

Submissions from 1995

The Argument from Normativity, Andrew Doherty

The Paradox of Knowability, Andrew Doherty

Ethical Issues of Trust and Suspicion among the Poor and Rich, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Review of "Reasoned Faith: Essays in Philosophical Theology in Honor of Norman Kretzmann", Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

The Phenomena of Trusting and Relational Ontologies, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

'Evangelium Vitae' and Near Death Experiences, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Informed Consent: Principles and Problems, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Multiple Pregnancy, Confidentiality, Discontinuing Treatment and Other Difficult Ethical Cases, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Patient Rights and Informed Consent, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Religious and Ethical Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

The Christian Faces Death, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

The Gospel of St. Luke, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

A Short Introduction to Philosophy, John Kearney

Catholic Social Teachings: Thoughts from a Feminist Persepctive, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Finely Aware and Richly Responsible: Serive Learning and Philosophy, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Property and Employee Participation: Conflicting Rights?, John Joseph McCall

Narcissism and Desire in Kierkegaard's 'Either/Or' Part One, Vincent A. McCarthy

Henry of Ghent and the Twilight of Divine Illumination, Robert Pasnau

William Heytesbury on Knowledge Epistemology Without Necessary and Sufficient Conditions, Robert Pasnau

Submissions from 1994

Commentary on Stanley Reiser, 'The Ethical Life of Health Care Organizations', Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Death and Dying: Grief and Discontinuing Treatment, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Multiple Pregnancy, Confidentiality, Disconitunuing Treatment, and Other Difficult Cases, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

The Eucharist: Sacrament, Sacrifice, and Supper, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

The Gospel of John: Light, Life and Love, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Why I Serve on the ACRs IRB, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Property and Employee Participation: Conflicting Rights?, John Joseph McCall

An Objective to BonJour's Coherentism, Andrew Payne

Gadamer and Augustine: On the Origin of the Hermeneutical Claim to University., Brice R. Wachterhauser

Gadamer's Realism: The 'Belongingness' of Word and Reality., Brice R. Wachterhauser

Hermeneutics and Truth., Brice R. Wachterhauser

Is There Truth After Interpretation?, Brice R. Wachterhauser

On The Ground of Understanding., Brice R. Wachterhauser

Truth in Human Sciences., Brice R. Wachterhauser

What is Truth?, Brice R. Wachterhauser

World-Picture and Conscience., Brice R. Wachterhauser