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
Loyola's Ethics Bowl team competed in the spring of 2016 in the National Bioethics Bowl Championship at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. The team consisted of philosophy majors Thanh Mai, Emily Polvado, and Liam Sheridan, philosophy minor Brittney Esie, and sociology major Laura Cordell, as well as coaches Dr. Joel MacClellan and Dr. Leonard Kahn.