Program Overview

Socrates’s dictum that ‘The unexamined life is not worth living’ has two elements: the examination of meaning questions that have taken up in our rich philosophical tradition, and the life that is impacted by it. Franciscan University’s Department of Philosophy focuses on both of these elements:

  • A Community of Philosophers: we believe in the universal value of a philosophical education even to the point of obtaining flexible professional skills that are of interest to employers. As philosophical educators, we are interested in the many paths our philosophy graduates take upon graduation whether it is toward religious vocations, academic careers, business, law, military service, or medicine. For this reason, we provide appropriate direction to students in light of his or her unique personal and inter-personal vocation. This comes in the form of advising students in exciting professions beyond the traditional academic professions, and community-building events among students and faculty.
  • Serious Academic Preparation: since there are specific skills that a philosophical education entails, we focus on learning objectives and assignments that hone these skills. Such skills are essential for clearly articulating a point-of-view that withstands critical scrutiny and other marketable skills such as critical thinking and “outside-of-the-box” thinking.
  • Professional Engagement: we recognize that philosophy is its own profession with high standards of engagement. We seek to prepare students by introducing them to the standards of professional scholarship by providing opportunities for students to present their research and work with professors at various levels on philosophical research projects.

Our holistic approach to philosophical education serves our students in living a fuller life with sound judgments, love of learning, and integration of faith with informed human experience.

Our faculty approach their discipline grounded in the dynamic, philosophically stimulating Catholic intellectual tradition. They recognize that philosophy and religion, reason and faith, far from opposing one another, are mutually enriching. The courses span the millennia, covering the giants of philosophical history—pagan, Jewish, Christian, Muslim—the modern, post-modern, and contemporary thinkers whose works have shaped our current world—Descartes, Kant, Nietzsche, Marx—as well as those who offer Christian philosophical perspectives—including Gilson, Maritain, Von Hildebrand, and Pope John Paul II, and contemporary analytic thinkers.”

Accelerated M.A. Philosophy Program

During an undergraduate’s senior year a high-achieving student can apply to be an accelerated philosophy student. If accepted, can take up to two M.A. philosophy courses for both undergraduate and graduate credit. This program is available both to students interested in traditional masters-level studies in philosophy as well as those students who are interested in pursuing a concentration in bioethics in their graduate studies. Find out more about the Bioethics Concentration.

Philosophy and the Oath of Fidelity

In August of 2013 the professors in our Department of Philosophy took the Oath of Fidelity to the magisterium. On that occasion, Father Sean Sheridan, TOR, president of Franciscan University of Steubenville, explained “the distinctive nature of philosophy and how philosophers serve the mission of the University.” You can read his entire statement here.

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The struggle between an emerging culture of death and the culture of life has intensified in the last few decades. Bio-medical technological breakthroughs have made possible what was previously only theoretical, forcing us to confront in more depth questions about human life and dignity.

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Department Faculty
Dr. Carenno

Dr. Javier Carreño

Associate Professor

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Dr. John F. Crosby

Dr. John F. Crosby

Professor
Co-Director

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Dr. Brandon Dahm

Dr. Brandon Dahm

Assistant Professor
Co-Director

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Dr. Logan Paul Gage

Dr. Logan Paul Gage

Assistant Professor
Department Chair

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Dr. James Harold

Dr. James Harold

Professor

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Dr. Healy

Dr. Michael J. Healy

Professor

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Dr. Lee

Dr. Patrick Lee

Professor

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Dr. Robert McNamara

Dr. Robert McNamara

Visiting Assistant Professor

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Dr. Alex Plato

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Roberts

Dr. Mark Roberts

Professor

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