John Sexton, Ph.D., President Emeritus of New York University, will address the St. Francis College community on April 26th, as keynote speaker at the Charter Day convocation, the college's annual ceremony to present students, faculty, staff and community partners with awards and scholarships reflecting their achievements over the past year.
Understanding Who We Are and the World We Share
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.
Answering our biggest questions isn’t easy. Philosophy is what happens when we take such questions seriously. The Department prides itself on its prestigious, decades-old history, its outstanding faculty and their challenging courses.
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.
- 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.
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.”
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.
- 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.
The first openly transgender woman raised in a Hasidic community, writer and activist Abby Stein will address the St. Francis College community and visitors on April 15th, in a lecture entitled My Second Transition.
Dr. John Kruse of Neumann University will deliver the Franciscan lecture, "How Becoming a Franciscan Peacemaker through Generosity Can Save the World," in which he will draw from the lives of Francis and Clare to address how an attitude of letting go can heal relationships in an era rife with division, tension, and conflict.