Philosophy

Understanding Who We Are and the World We Share

Overview

Answering our biggest questions isn’t easy. Philosophy is what happens when we take such questions seriously.

The Philosophy Department at St. Francis College takes up this challenge. Students are asked to address fundamental questions confronting human beings in the historical record and today.

The Department prides itself on its prestigious, decades-old history, its outstanding faculty and their challenging courses.

Philosophy Helps:

  • Develop the aim of inquiring minds;
  • Foster a spirit of historical sensitivity, sympathy and wonder;
  • Guide the pursuit of truth in a rational way;
  • Sharpen intellectual ability; and
  • Formulate principles for considered, meaningful action in service of self-constitution.

Students receive a sound foundation for graduate study in philosophy but also in medicine, law, literature, history and theology, indeed in any field or profession that demands developed analytical skills and promotes human transformation.

Philip Marshall ’09 shares how a degree in Philosophy can make all the difference:

“My job search finally paid off two months ago after an extensive two-month interview process.... I think you will be happy to know that my company was very impressed that I have a philosophy degree. One of the well-respected managers who conducted my initial interview was a philosophy major in college as well. He asked me during my first interview how philosophy would inform my approach to work in the industry. It felt so good to be able to talk freely about how a philosophical approach to reality informs me.”

Courses & Program Info

Mission

The program provides a sound foundation for graduate study in philosophy and for training in any field demanding developed analytical skills. Its purpose is to make available for students the methods, instruments and sources needed to help them develop their intellectual lives. Only insofar as students achieve this has the College succeeded in its goal as a liberal arts college, namely, to form minds capable of responsible self-determination.

Learn about Courses and Program Requirements in the Course Catalogue

Faculty

Sophie Berman

Sophie Berman

Professor Emerita
Philosophy
John Edwards

John Edwards

Department Chair
Philosophy, Religious Studies
Rachel Falkenstern

Rachel Falkenstern

Assistant Professor
Philosophy
Ezra Fried

Ezra Fried

Adjunct Professor
Philosophy
Gerald Galgan

Gerald Galgan

Professor Emeritus
Philosophy
Nicolás Garrera-Tolbert

Nicolás Garrera-Tolbert

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Philosophy
Genevieve LaForge

Genevieve LaForge

Adjunct Professor
Philosophy
Rex Mixon

Rex Mixon

Adjunct Professor
Philosophy
Clayton Shoppa

Clayton Shoppa

Assistant Professor
Philosophy
Alan Udoff

Alan Udoff

Professor Emeritus
Philosophy, Religious Studies

News & Events

News

A Conversation on Hospitality

New St. Francis President Miguel Martinez-Saenz began his talk on Hospitality October 5, with the spoken word piece Fish & Bread by Bryonn Bain as part of the 2017 St. Clare and St. Francis Week activities.

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The Cross at Ground Zero

For 13 years Fr. Brian Jordan, Director of Campus Ministry at St. Francis College fought to keep an icon from 9/11, the Ground Zero Cross, in public view. Now, he's written a memoir which chronicles the journey.

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SFC Professors Share Their Books

From looking for love or a teaching job, examining 'rape culture' to making psychology more accepted internationally, seven St. Francis College faculty members have recently published work on a variety of topics.

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U.S. News & World Report Names SFC to 5 'Best' Lists

While students are still getting used to their new schedule, they received some reaffirming news about the decision they made to attend St. Francis College, as U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Francis on 5 Best lists for the 2018 year including Best Regional Colleges in the North, Least Debt, and Best in Ethnic Diversity

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SFC Again Named Best Bang for the Buck

With a new president ready to begin the school year, St. Francis College heads into the Labor Day weekend with an honor from Washington Monthly magazine, named for a second year in a row as a Best Bang for the Buck among colleges in the northeast.

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Upcoming Events

Goals & Objectives

  • To promote in students an understanding of the nature, purpose and importance of the philosophical enterprise by inviting them to engage in it personally by raising and working to answer philosophical questions of their own.
  • To respect reason as a definitive human characteristic and the truth as its primary pursuit. Students will sharpen their ability to think critically, to consider issues from multiple perspectives and in depth, to relate parts to wholes. The program emphasizes the value of critical thinking as the best way to distinguish what is worth doing and what is not.
  • To address a selection of the major philosophical questions, which are none other than the fundamental questions confronting human beings as such, through a historical study of the views of philosophers. Learning how to read a primary text from the history of philosophy, and to derive nourishment from it, constitutes an essential goal of the program.

Learn about Courses and Program Requirements in the Course Catalogue