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Department of Philosophy

The core of a liberal education

For centuries, philosophers have asked difficult questions about issues that are at the center of human existence. What is the meaning and purpose of human life? How do minds differ from machines? How can one distinguish between right and wrong actions? Are there reasons to think that there is a God? By studying philosophy, you'll meet some of the greatest minds of human history. You'll learn to think critically, read carefully, analyze arguments — in short, you'll acquire the skills to make a living. More importantly, you'll learn how to make your life worth living.


The Philosophy Department offers degrees in Philosophy and Philosophy Pre-Law. Both programs are designed to train their students in thinking critically, communicating effectively, and exercising ethical judgment. Learn more about our programs of study »


The Department of Philosophy offers undergraduate research opportunities. Learn more »

Faculty Success

Dr. Leonard Kahn to present paper at the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics annual conference

Dr. Leonard Kahn, assistant professor of Philosophy, will be presenting a paper titled "Robophobia: Military Robots and the Ethics of Armed Conflict" at the annual conference of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics in Reston, Virginia on February 19, 2016.

In his paper, Kahn develops a position he calls “robophobia.” This is a conjunction of the following three claims:

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Student Success

Loyola Ethics Bowl team competes in the Texas Regional Ethics Bowl competition

The Loyola Ethics Bowl team competed for the first time in the Texas Regional Ethics Bowl competition, placing 8th out of 20 teams. The team traveled to San Antonio, where they competed against teams from various universities in Texas and Oklahoma. The team consists of students Laura Cordell, Brittney Esie, Kalyn Lueck, Thanh Mai, Tara Malay, and Liam Sheridan, with Dr. Joel MacClellan and Dr. Leonard Kahn as coaches. 

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Common Curriculum

The Common Curriculum embraces an interdisciplinary approach to learning.

University Honors Program

The Honors program is open to qualified students of all majors.

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