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 1984

Understanding in the Human Sciences: Objectivity or Practical Wisdom?, Brice R. Wachterhauser

Submissions from 1983

The Owl, The Ostrich, and the Dove: Remarks on What Philosophy Should Be, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Trust and Natural Theology, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Artificial Insemination and In-Vitro Fertilization, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

The Theologian's Perspective, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Vatican Declaration on Euthanasia, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Whitehead, Hume, and the Extensive Continuum, John Kearney

Moral Responsibility: Is Character an Excuse?, Elizabeth A. Linehan

A Critique of the Free Market, John Joseph McCall

Personal Liberty: 1984 and Its Social Critics, John Joseph McCall

Welfare Reform: Reduced Costs or Increased Work Incentives?, John Joseph McCall

Submissions from 1982

Understanding Trust: Reflections on Kung and Evans, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Social Justice, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Ignorance, Self-Deception, and Moral Accountability, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Christus as Chrestus in Rousseau and Kant, Vincent A. McCarthy

The Ethics of Irony in Kierkegaard, Vincent A. McCarthy

Review of "The Aesthetic Dimension of Sciences", Todd C. Moody

Understanding in Human Sciences: Objective Knowledge or Practical Wisdom., Brice R. Wachterhauser

Submissions from 1981

Models for Understanding Human Hope, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

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

Faith-Justice Issues at St. Joseph's, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Mortality and Gambling, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Review of "Essays on the Metaphysical Foundation of Personal Identity", Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Review of "Essays on the Metaphysical Foundation of Personal Identity", Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

The True Sartre: Existentialist or Marxist?, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Neo-Cortical Tests and Personal Death: A Reply to Robert Veatch, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Philosophy and Art Criticism, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Another Look at Killing and Letting Die, Joseph Lombardi S.J.

Killing and Letting Die: What is the Moral Difference?, Joseph Lombardi S.J.

Killing, Letting Die, and Euthanasia, Joseph Lombardi S.J.

Michael Tooley's Abortion and Infanticide, John Joseph McCall

The Morality of Organophosphate Poisoning Research, John Joseph McCall

Psychology Fragments: Kierkegaard's Religious Psychology, Vincent A. McCarthy

Submissions from 1980

Review of "The Sufficiency of Hope: The Conceptual Foundations of Religion", Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Sartrean Humanism, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Ethics and the Care of the Dying, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Paternalism and Informed Consent, Elizabeth A. Linehan

Reason and Mortality: A Critique of Alan Gewirth's Argument for an Egalitarian Morality, John Joseph McCall

The Moral Presumption against Lying -- A Comment, John Joseph McCall

An Argument Against Eliminative Materialism, Todd C. Moody

Submissions from 1979

Faith and Philosophy, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Terminal Illness and Suicide, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Submissions from 1978

Hope and Hoping: Developing Notions of Hope that Are Individually and Socially Adequate for Philosophy, Joseph J. Godfrey S.J.

Extraordinary Means of Preserving Life, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Moral Approaches to Medical Problems from the Catholic Perspective, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Nuclear Deterrence: Ethic Options, Religious Insights, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Marx's Atheism, John Kearney

The Theological Justification of Morality, Joseph Lombardi S.J.

Phenomenology of Moods in Kierkegaard, Vincent A. McCarthy

Submissions from 1977

Abortion and Birth Control, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

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

Department Scan - Department of Philosophy, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Justice: Some Philosophical and Papal Views, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Moral Principles and Values, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

The Apostolate of Higher Education, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Hume, Whitehead and Perception, John Kearney

Locke, Hume and the Principle of Causality, John Kearney

Marx's Atheism, John Kearney

Experimental Subjects, Joseph Lombardi S.J.

John Rawls' A Theory of Justice, Joseph Lombardi S.J.

Sexual Morality and the Roman Catholic Tradition, Joseph Lombardi S.J.

Taking Rights Seriously [by Ronald Dworkin] (Book Review), Joseph Lombardi S.J.

Excerpts from the Metaphysical Cookbook, Vincent A. McCarthy

Melancholoy and Religious Melancholy in Kierkegaard, Vincent A. McCarthy

Submissions from 1976

Ethical Issues in Foreign Policy, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Ethical Issues in Foreign Policy, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Hunger and the American Conscience: A Symposium on the Moral Aspects of Hunger and Malnutrition, Feb. 11, 1975, St. Joseph's College, Philadelphia, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Jesuits and Jesuit Philosophy, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Philosophy and the Right to Food, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Heidegger on Death, John Kearney

John Rawls' Theory of Justice: Some Objections and a Defense, Joseph Lombardi S.J.

Submissions from 1975

Thought, Language, and Meaning in Berkeley's Philosophy, John Kearney

Submissions from 1974

Karl Marx: His Life And Thought [by David McLellan] (Book Review), Joseph Lombardi S.J.

Submissions from 1973

'Jesuitness' Explained by Community Rector, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Privilege of Jesuitness Expanded, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Submissions from 1972

The Ethical Significance of Kant's Aesthetics, John Kearney

Submissions from 1971

An Institutional Profile of Wheeling College, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Submissions from 1969

The Philosophical Ground and Politico-Religious Dimensions of Human Freedom in John Stuart Mill, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

The Political Freedom of John Stuart Mill, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Will the Real John Stuart Mill Please Rise, Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Submissions from 1968

Review of "Limits of Liberty: Studies of Mill's 'On Liberty'", Albert H. Jenemann S.J.

Submissions from 1966

Happiness and the Unity of Nichomachean Ethics, John Kearney