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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

Jonathan Peterson Enters Second Semester as Chair of the Faculty Senate

Associate Professor of Philosophy Jonathan Peterson enters his second semester as Chair of the Faculty Senate this January, helping to guide Loyola at any especially important time in its history. 

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Student Success

Loyola Ethics Bowl team competes in National Bioethics Bowl Championship

Loyola's Ethics Bowl team competed in the spring of 2019 in the National Bioethics Bowl Championship at the University of South Alabama. The team consisted of Emmaline Bouchillon, Maggie Feldman, Regina Nicosia, and Grace Riddick as well as coaches Dr. Joel MacClellan and Dr. Leonard Kahn.

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Call for Papers

The Philosophy Club is asking for Philosophy related papers to be submitted for the 2017 Loyola Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy.

Senior Thesis Papers

The Philosophy Department invites all qualifying Philosophy Majors to consider working closely with an advisor to produce a thesis paper and then do a public presentation presenting your research.

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