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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

Philosophy department receives gift to establish the “Mui/Boileau Philosophy Endowment"

This endowment was established in 2021 by Jared, Communications ’97, and Elaine Schoch in honor of two professors who had a profound effect on Jared and countless other students through the study of philosophy. Dr. Constance Mui has served as a professor of philosophy at Loyola since 1987. She specializes in continental philosophy, and has published edited volumes on Jean-Paul Sartre and feminist theories, as well as articles and book chapters on phenomenology, Sartre, Beauvoir, Marcel, Laruelle, Malabou, Stiegler, Derrida, and Dufourmantelle. Fr.

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Student Success

History and Philosophy Hold 2022 Awards Ceremony

The History and Philosophy Departments joined together to hold an awards ceremony for students in the department. Students Jesse Coleman, Allyssa Edwards, Franco Fuenes, Henry Glick, Delaney Harper, Jesse LeBouef, and Joeseph Pitre were awarded for their excellence as students, writers, and leaders. Faculty from both departments came together with friends and family of the awardees to express their support for the students. 


You can find photos taken by Dr. Justin Nystrom here.

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Loyola Competes in Nationals

Loyola Competes in the 2019 National Bioethics Bowl Championship