The faculty at Saint Louis University is characterized by a pluralism of methods and a variety of interests. Individual faculty members have strong records of scholarly achievement in many areas of philosophy, including the history of philosophy, analytic metaphysics, normative and applied ethics, meta-ethics, continental philosophy, and phenomenology. The Philosophy Department has gained national and international recognition in medieval philosophy, philosophy of religion, action theory, epistemology, and social-political philosophy.
The Philosophy Department sponsors the biannual Robert J. Henle Conference, which in recent years has addressed topics in the philosophy of science, epistemology, medieval and ancient metaphysics, deliberative democracy, and religion and public life. In addition to the Henle Conference, the Philosophy Department has recently sponsored the following meetings: the third annual Midwest Epistemology Workshop, the Midwestern Conference in Medieval Philosophy, the South-Central Seminar in early Modern Philosophy, a conference on Aquinas's Ethics, a conference on the thought of John Paul II, the Merleau-Ponty Circle, several meetings of the Globalization Conference (co-hosted biannually with the University of Frankfurt), the Philosophy of Social Science Roundtable, and the Critical Theory Roundtable. The Philosophy Department also sponsors a regular colloquium series and maintains several active reading groups.
Saint Louis University is home to both the Vatican Film Library, which contains 37,000 of the Vatican Library manuscript codices on microfilm, and the international journal, The Modern Schoolman.