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The Department of Philosophy

The Philosophy department 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)
Saint Louis University
Philosophy Department
Adorjan Hall 130
3800 Lindell Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63108

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

Upcoming Events

Charles Mills (Northwestern), “Black Radical Kantianism”

February 19, 3:00pm
Location: Xavier Hall, 332

Richard Kim (SLU), “Friendship and Well-being”

March 18, 3:00pm
Location: Adorjan Hall 142

Res Philosophica Conference: Bridges between Formal and Traditional Epistemology

April 8–9, 2016
Location: Il Monastero, 3050 Olive St.

Michael Smith (Princeton), TBA

February 15, 3:00pm
Location: Adorjan Hall 142

Henle Conference: Modality

April 22–23

News and Highlights

Faculty Highlights
  • Congratulations to Dan Haybron who was awarded a $5.1 million grant to study happiness and well-being. For more details, go here and here..
  • Scott Ragland’s book, The Will to Reason: Theodicy and Freedom in Descartes will be published by Oxford University Press, in 2016.
  • The department is pleased to announce a new 2 year post-doctoral teaching fellowship in Social & Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Race. We are glad to welcome our first Teaching Fellow, Dr. Leamon Bazil.
  • The department welcomed Prof. Naomi Eilan (Warwick University) as our 2015–2016 Collins Visiting Professor.
  • Eleonore Stump has been selected to serve as President for Metaphysical Society of America for the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Dan Haybron was featured in Wallet Hub’s recent study about 2015's most and least happy states in America.

Further Faculty news and highlights can be found here.

Res Philosophica Highlights
  • Congratulations to Adam Pelser, whose paper "Respect for Human Dignity as an Emotion and Virtue" was selected as the 2015 Res Philosophica Essay Prize winner.
  • The 2015-2016 Res Philosophica Conference will be held April 8-9, 2016, at Saint Louis University. The theme is Bridges Between Formal and Traditional Epistemology, with presentations by Kenny Easwaren (Texas A&M), Branden Fitelson (Rutgers), Alan Hájek (Australian National University), Susanna Rinard (Harvard), Sherrilyn Roush (King’s College), and Julia Staffel (Washington University, St. Louis). Papers presented at the conference will be published in a special issue of the journal.
  • Res Philosophica calls for papers on the following topics:
    • Philosophy of Disability. Deadline is February 1, 2016. This is also the 2016 Res Philosophica Essay Prize, with a prize of $3,000.

Further information about Res Philosophica can be found here.

Grad Highlights

Congrats to a number of our students on their recent awards: Donnie Bungam and Jeremy Skrzypek (2015 recipients of the Collins Award); Andrew Jones and Jeremy Skrzypek (recipients of a 2015-2016 SLU2K Research Fellowship); Jonathan Nelson (SLU's nominee for the 2015 Midwest Association of Graduate Schools Excellence in Teaching Award).

This year's Graduate Conference is on "Free Will and Moral Responsibility". The keynote speakers are Pamela Hieronymi (UCLA) and John Heil (Washington University). The conference will be held February 11th and 12th, 2016. Contact Joel Archer or Matt Shea for details.

Placement News! Alex Plato just began a tenure track position at Franciscan University in Steubenville. Beth Rath received a joint appointment as Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Borromeo Seminary and John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Further Graduate news and highlights can be found here.

For more information contact:

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

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