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 »
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JC Berendzen has won a Marquette Fellowship for his project in which he will argue that contrary to what is commonly held by scholars, the early 20th Century French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty does not reject the concept of mental representation. Representations are putative inner mental entities that convey information about elements of the external world. Because representation is a core concept in the contemporary study of the mind, Merleau-Ponty’s supposed anti-representationalism is taken to be a fringe view, and leads to his overall work being underappreciated. Berendzen's pr
Patrick Klena (magna cum laude, 2016) has entered the Graduate Program in Philosophy at St. Louis University. While at Loyola, Patrick received the Guy Lemieux S.J. award for his outstanding work as a philosophy major, and his senior thesis ("John Duns Scotus on the Problem of Individuation") was recognized by the University Honors Program as the Best Humanities honors thesis of his year. At St. Louis, Patrick intends to pursue his interest in ancient and medieval philosophy. The Department wishes him great success in his future studies!