The Department of Philosophy

The word “philosophy” derives from the Greek meaning love of wisdom.  While philosophy is an integral discipline unto itself, it is also an intellectual disposition that permeates all of academic study and has been at the heart of Jesuit and Catholic education since its inception.

The study of philosophy develops intellectual skills that are useful in a wide variety of careers.  Philosophy majors learn to think rigorously about fundamental questions, to understand and evaluate conflicting points of view, to express ideas clearly and logically, and to reason in a careful and systematic way.  These skills are useful in almost any career choice.  A number of recent graduates of the Philosophy Program at The University of Scranton have gone on to successful careers in education, psychology, politics, religion, medicine and journalism.  Philosophy is also considered an outstanding foundation for students interested in attending law school or entering careers in public service.  More important, however, is the fact that philosophy can contribute to the intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth of those who study it and therefore philosophy can be understood as an essential ingredient in a meaningful and well-lived life.

All faculty in the Philosophy Department are actively engaged in research projects and continue to have their work published in top scholarly journals and as books with academic presses.  Philosophy faculty also routinely present papers at philosophy conferences in the United States and around the world, and a number of faculty have been recognized for excellence in teaching. Finally, faculty are always available to provide assistance and guidance to philosophy students at introductory and advanced levels.