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  • The Department Welcomes Katalin Farkas

    Professor Katalin Farkas (Central European University) joins the Department as the 2017–2018 Collins Visiting Professor. She will teach a graduate seminar during the Fall of 2018.

  • Daniel Haybron Receives $5.1 Million Grant

    Congratulations to Professor Daniel Haybron, who was awarded a $5.1 million grant to study happiness and well-being. The three year project runs from 2015–2018. For more information, visit the grant website.

  • Welcome Incoming Graduate Students!

    The Department welcomes our incoming graduate students:

    • Katherine Sweet (B.A. in Philosophy from University of South Alabama)
    • Alexandra Romanyshyn (M.A. in Philosophy from KU Leuven, Belgium)
    • Haicheng Zhou (M.A. in Philosophy from Fudan University)
    • Hayden Stephan (M.A. in Philosophy from Biola University)
    • James McGuire (M.A. in Philosophy from Northern Illinois University

  • Congratulations to Our Recent PhDs!

    • Donnie Bungum, “Expert Disagreement and Epistemic Authority”
    • Daniel Choi, "Contriving a Defense for the Sake of the Individual Sufferer: Refuting Plantinga's Felix Culpa Argument"
    • Michael T. Carper, "God Is Sublime, Therefore God Exists: The Problem of Suffering Existentially Reconceived, and the Limits of the Ethical"
    • Robert Hartman, “A Defense of Moral Luck”
    • Jonathan Nelson, “Ontology and Ethics in Plato's Affinity Argument for Immortality”
    • Jeremy Skrzypek, “Dynamic Structure Or Enduring Activity? Thomas Aquinas and Contemporary Neo-Aristotelians on Substantial Form”

The Department of Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy at Saint Louis University is distinguished by a long-standing tradition of pluralism both of methodology and interest. We have faculty members working in the history of philosophy from antiquity through the present, as well as in most areas of contemporary Analytic and Continental European philosophy. In recent years, the department has gained national and international recognition in epistemology, medieval philosophy, philosophy of religion, action theory, and social-political philosophy. The department is also home to the journal Res Philosophica (formerly The Modern Schoolman), one of the oldest journals in the United States.

The department offers courses of study terminating in B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees.

For more information contact:

Theodore Vitali, C. P. (Chair)
Adorjan Hall 130
3800 Lindell Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63108
Phone: (314) 977-3149
Fax: (314) 977-3696

News and Highlights

  • Faculty Highlights

    • Eleonore Stump has been selected to give the 2018 Stanton Lectures at Cambridge University. She has also been awarded the 2017 American Maritain Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

    • Colleen McCluskey’s book Thomas Aquinas on Moral Wrongdoing has just been published with Cambridge.

    • Jeff Bishop spoke in the Vatican at the Pontifical Academy for Life (March, 2016). His talk was entitled "Medical Decision-Making and the Problem of Proceduralist Bioethics."

    • The department welcomes Professor Katalin Farkas (Central European University), who joins the department as the 2017-18 Collins Visiting Professor.

    Further Faculty news and highlights can be found here.

  • Res Philosophica Highlights

    • Congratulations to Josh Dohmen, whose paper " 'A Little of Her Language': Epistemic Injustice and Mental Disability" was selected as the 2016 Res Philosophica Prize winner.

    • The 2016-2017 Res Philosophica Conference will be held April 28-29, 2017, at Saint Louis University. The theme is Race and Gender, with presentations by Michele Moody-Adams, Lewis Gordon, Naomi Zack, Leonard Harris, Kathryn Gines, and Tommy Curry. Papers presented at the conference will be published in a special issue of the journal.

    Further information about Res Philosophica can be found here.

  • Grad Highlights
    Honors and Awards

    Congrats to a number of our students on recent honors and awards!

    • Everett Fulmer was awarded an Udo Keller Stiftung Forum Humanum Grant ‚Äč($2,200) and was also recognized as one the recipients of the 2016 Collins Award for Academic Excellence.

    • Krista Hyde was also a recipient of the 2016 Collins Award for Excellence as well as a 2016 SLU Women’s and Gender Studies Research Grant.

    • Everett Fulmer and James Kintz who were awarded 2016-2017 SLU 2K Dissertation Fellowships.

    • Sahar Joakim won third place in the Humanities at the 2016 GSA Graduate Research Symposium for her presentation on Plato's epistemology.

    Graduate Conference

    The 2016-2017 Graduate Conference on the theme of "Skepticism" is scheduled for February 16th and 17th, 2017. The keynote speakers are Ernest Sosa (Rutgers) and Jon Kvanvig (Washington University). Contact Luis Pinto De Sa for details.

    Placement News

    • Robert Hartman (PhD. 2016) has accepted a position as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Practical Philosophy at the University of Gothenberg, Germany, beginning in Jan 2017.

    • Donald Bungam (PhD. 2016) starts a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Catholic Studies at the University of Mary, ND in fall 2016.

    • Daniel Choi (PhD. 2016) accepted a position as Lecturer at The Catholic University of Korea, South Korea starting fall 2016.

    • Errin Clark (PhD. 2015) is currently the Headmaster of Chesterton Academy of Milwaukee, a position he began in the fall of 2016.

For more information contact:

Theodore Vitali, C. P. (Chair)
Department of Philosophy
Adorjan Hall 130
3800 Lindell Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63108

Phone: (314) 977-3149
Fax: (314) 977-3696