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.”

Learn about Courses and Program Requirements in the Course Catalogue

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

John Edwards

John Edwards

Department Chair
Philosophy, Religious Studies
Ezra Fried

Ezra Fried

Adjunct Professor
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
Owen Sadlier

Owen Sadlier

Assistant Professor
Philosophy
Clayton Shoppa

Clayton Shoppa

Assistant Professor
Philosophy
Alan Udoff

Alan Udoff

Professor Emeritus
Philosophy, Religious Studies

News & Events

News

St. Francis Celebrates Spring Graduates

It was the perfect day for an outdoor graduation at Brooklyn Bridge Park, as almost 400 St. Francis College students and thousands of friends and family celebrated the College's Spring 2017 Commencement, Wednesday, May 24.

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Baseball as a Road to God with John Sexton

The rain washed out a night of New York Mets baseball April 25, but there was no stopping Dr. John Sexton from delivering his talk, Baseball as a Road to God, at a special St. Francis College presentation at Citi Field, hosted by Mets Owner Fred Wilpon.

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New Graduates Celebrate New Year

Valedictorian Christine Muraco '17, Commencement Speaker Evelyn Wolfe, Interim President Timothy Houlihan and the Winter Commencement Class of 2017 made for an amazing day January 9, 2017 as they rang in the new year with almost 100 new graduates of St. Francis College.

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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