SJU 2011 Philosophy Graduate - James Darcy
The Colorado Summer Seminar was an intensive philosophy boot camp of sorts. We had three hours of class every day, along with daily discussion groups and a couple of papers. It was a lot of work, but it was incredibly rewarding and enriching to eat, drink, and sleep philosophy for three weeks with a group of people who care just as deeply about the subject as you do. Read more.
The history of ideas is the best way to describe our approach to philosophy. And while we stress the fundamentals of philosophical thought by studying its history, we also pursue cutting edge issues around ethics, Asian thought, feminist philosophy, and philosophy of psychology.
We have some of the best and the brightest students in our major because they are attracted to our strengths: thinking and dialogue. If you think you can handle the truth, we can help you develop the mental tools you need to find it.
Philosophy professor Tony Cunningham organized a recreation of the famous fresco "School of Athens" on the steps of the Sacred Heart Chapel featuring faculty, staff, and students from CSB/SJU. Read the full story.
Opportunities & News
Rachel Maddow talks to David Letterman on the importance of philosophy.
Interested in a career in law? Consider a philosophy major. Philosophy majors score extremely well on the LSAT. Please contact Assistant Professor & Pre-Law Advisor Emily Esch if you have any questions.
"The Power of Philosophy": Graphs showing comparative GRE, LSAT & GMAT Scores as well as Salaries and Salary Growth by Undergraduate Major
Are you a first year student looking for a new faculty advisor? Perhaps you took a philosophy course this year and are interested in another? Maybe you are just hungry for yummy, homemade treats? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions plan to attend our "Meet the philosophy profs" event in Quad 361 at SJU on Wednesday, February 19, at 4:15 pm. Come for the treats and chit-chat informally with the Philosophy Faculty about future courses, the value of the Philosophy major or minor, how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, whether there's a sound if a tree falls in the Saint John's woods and no one's around or the current status of Schrödinger's cat. Since the chit-chat will be informal, with no rules, you can also swap recipes with the profs, speculate about how the Twins or your favorite team will perform this summer or anything else that might be on your mind.
The 2014 annual meeting of the Minnesota Undergraduate Philosophical Society will be held Saturday April 26 at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. The keynote speaker will be David Wong ofDuke University. Paper submissions in any area of philosophy are welcome. Maximum length: 10 pages (3,000 words). Papers should be emailed as a pdf attachment to the address below and should include a brief abstract and word count. Submission deadline: March 31 at midnight. Meeting program will be set and announced by April 7. Email submssions to: email@example.com
Officers for 2013/14 are:
President ~ Kate McDermott
Vice President ~ Hannah Christensen
Treasurer ~ Josh Fike
Faculty Advisor ~ Emily Esch
Other members/Extraordinary helpers:
Mone 'Kai Shannon-Thorton
The mission of Philosophy Club is to facilitate philosophical discussion and debate and to provide CSB/SJU community members opportunities to improve their philosophical knowledge. We will accomplish this through colloquia, reading groups, bringing in at least one off-campus speaker per year, and taking at least one philosophy-related trip per year. Each of our meetings will also include an open forum discussion to allow students the opportunity to explore philosophical questions. We believe philosophical discourse and education in a relaxed club setting will foster wisdom for a lifetime.
Contact the Philosophy Club: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Philosophy Department is known for its excellent teaching. Four members of our department have won the Bob Spaeth and Mary Grell teaching awards, the highest per capita percentage of any department.
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- A computer scientist talks about why he studies philosophy in "From Technologist to Philosopher"
- A group made up of philosophy professors singing about Quine, Kant ("Synthesize the Manifold"), G.E. Moore, Utilitarianism, "We Can't Stop Doing Metaphysics," etc. View it here.
- More students choosing philosophy major.
- Have a philosophical question? Ask here.
- 2005 SJU Philosophy Graduate, Zach Vertin, in the news. Read all about it!
- From Omelets to Michelin Star... read about '89 SJU graduate Mark Sullivan's accomplishments and how his studies in philosophy help him keep grounded.