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 1993

Review of "Community: The Tie that Binds", Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

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

Artificial Nutrition and Hydration and the PVS Patient, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Abortion and the Political Rights of Conscience, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Corporate Obligations to America in a Global Market: A Response, John Joseph McCall

Repitition's Repititions: Structural and Freudian Repititions in Kierkegaard's Psychological Novella, Vincent A. McCarthy

Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence, Todd C. Moody

Book Notices, Paul St. Amour

Submissions from 1992

To the Base of the Ivory Tower: UCA's Challenges to Jesuit Higher Education in North America, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Trust, Suspicion, and Applied Ethics, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

St. Thomas on Death, Resurrection, and Personal Identity, John Kearney

Euthanasia and Refusal of Treatment, Elizabeth A. Linehan

For Life and Choice: Abortion and Public Policy, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Moral Reflection and Moral Life, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Obstetrical Dilemmas and the Principle of Double Effect, Joseph Lombardi S.J.

Conference Summary and Reflections, John Joseph McCall

Hegel's Jesus: The One, The Many, The Divine, Vincent A. McCarthy

Hermeneutics and Realism., Brice R. Wachterhauser

Submissions from 1991

Trust, The Heart of Religion: A Sketch, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Trust, the Heart of Religion: A Sketch, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

The Nancy Cruzan Case: Ethical Reflections, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Filial Gratitude and God's Right to Command, Joseph Lombardi S.J.

Traces of Rousseau's Jesus in the Young Hegel, Vincent A. McCarthy

Rorty's Anti-Realism: A Critique., Brice R. Wachterhauser

Submissions from 1990

Comments on Paper by John Crosby: 'Theonomy of Person: The Dialectic of Human Contingency and Autonomy, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

What If Anything, Is Special About Philosophy Now: Jesuit Perspectives, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Against Capitla Punishment, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Returning Evil for Evil: Reflections on Punishment, Elizabeth A. Linehan

The Vice of Obedience, The Virtue of Loyalty: Josiah Royce and Catholic Theology, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Community and the Content of Liberal Rights, John Joseph McCall

Contemporary Issues in Business Ethics. 2nd ed., John Joseph McCall

Fairness, Strict Liability, and Public Policy, John Joseph McCall

Liberty and the Market, John Joseph McCall

The Corporation as a Social Institution, John Joseph McCall

'Repetition's' Repetitions: Multiple Forms of Repetition in Kierkegaard's Novella, Vincent A. McCarthy

Submissions from 1989

Appraising Marcel on Hope, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

In God We Trust...Or Should We?: A Philosophical Reflection on an Ignation Maxim, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Philosophical and Theological Implications of Carol Gilligan's Work on Moral Development, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Submissions from 1988

Commentary of Michael Barber;s 'Phenemonology and the Looking Glass of Race, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Four Dimensions of Trust, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Hoping in Human Institutions, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Policy on AIDS, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Writing a Code of Ethics, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Confidentiality: Ethical Issues, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Is A Commitement to Nonviolence Morally Responsible?, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Is a Commitment to Nonviolence Morally Responsible, Elizabeth A. Linehan

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Worship and Moral Autonomy, Joseph Lombardi S.J.

Gadamer and Derrida: The Fear of Freedom vs. The Fear of Finitude., Brice R. Wachterhauser

Prejudice, Reason and Force., Brice R. Wachterhauser

Submissions from 1987

A Philosophy of Human Hope, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Appraising Marcel on Hope, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Eyes of Hope, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Medical Decisions: Ethical and Economic Dimensions, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

The Origins of Life and the Dying Process, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Moral Theology and Public Dissent: A Temporary Compromise, Joseph Lombardi S.J.

Prejudice, Practical Reason and the Problem of Force., Brice R. Wachterhauser

Submissions from 1986

Appraising Marcel on Hope, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Faith and Education, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Taking Hope Seriously, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Creativity and Community, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Is A Committment to Non-Violence Morally Responsible, Elizabeth A. Linehan

The Bishops' Pastoral and Employment: A Comment, John Joseph McCall

The Moral Justification of the Bishops' Views of Property, John Joseph McCall

Kierkegaard and the Romantic Soul, Then and Now, Vincent A. McCarthy

Quest for a Philosophical Jesus: Christianity and Philosophy in Rousseau, Kant, Hegel and Schelling, Vincent A. McCarthy

Contingency and Consciousness in Husserl's Phenomenology., Brice R. Wachterhauser

Heidegger, Hermeneutics, and Ontology., Brice R. Wachterhauser

Hermeneutics and Modern Philosophy., Brice R. Wachterhauser

History and Language in Understanding., Brice R. Wachterhauser

Interpreting Texts: Objectivity or Participation?, Brice R. Wachterhauser

Must We Be What We Say? Gadamer on Truth in the Human Sciences., Brice R. Wachterhauser

Submissions from 1985

Consultation to Continue or Stop Treatment Measures in Irreversible Illness, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Ethical, Legal and Financial Issues in Acute Hospital Care for Pulmonary Diseases, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Euthanasia and Newborns, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Morality and the Ventilator, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Ethical Issues and Academic Freedom, Elizabeth A. Linehan

A Defense of Employee Rights, John Joseph McCall

Advertising and Free Speech, John Joseph McCall

Contemporary Issues in Business Ethics, John Joseph McCall

Moral Theory and the Free Market, John Joseph McCall

Participation in Employment, John Joseph McCall

Strategies for Protecting Whistleblowers, John Joseph McCall

Welfare Reform: Cost Reductions or Increased Work Incentives, John Joseph McCall

Schelling and Kierkegaard on Freedom Fall, Vincent A. McCarthy

Can Computers Be Conscious?, Todd C. Moody

Does Philosophy Matter to Science?, Todd C. Moody

Drawing Conclusions Against Conventionalism, Todd C. Moody

Progress in Philosophy, Todd C. Moody

The Problem of Evil and Moral Scepticism., Brice R. Wachterhauser

The Problem of Evil and Moral Scepticism., Brice R. Wachterhauser

Submissions from 1984

Review of "Struggle and Fulfillment: The Inner Dynamics of Religion and Mortality", Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Trust and Its Implications: A Fiducial Natural Theology, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Trust and Its Implications: An Outline of Natural Theology for Jesus, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

The Baby Jane Doe Case, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

The Principle of Totality and Organ Donation, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

The Right to Die, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

The Right to Starve, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

The Duty Not To Kill Oneself, Elizabeth A. Linehan

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Suicide and the Service of God, Joseph Lombardi S.J.

Suicide and the Service of God, Joseph Lombardi S.J.