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Philosophy Grad to Serve Mission in Chile, France
Calleo and the Philosophy of Gourmet Pizza
The Philosophy of Love
Philosophy Grad to Serve Mission in Chile, France

Recent Philosophy graduate Kelsey Boor ’14 believes the soul’s needs are important, and is going to France and Chile, with the Fraternity of St. Joseph the Guardian, as a missionary for a year to do parish work and serve those who don’t have access to the sacraments. Read more

Calleo and the Philosophy of Gourmet Pizza

For Anthony Calleo, the proud owner of Pi Pizza Truck and Sandy Witch Sandwich Company, a liberal arts education set him down the path to realizing his childhood dream of opening a pizza joint. Read more

The Philosophy of Love

View a philosophy class on metaphysics focusing on The Nature of Love and learn more about Dr. Ted Rebard, a philosophy professor whom students rave about. Students have changed majors after taking his classes. Dr. Ted Rebard Asks “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”

Philosophy on the level of natural reason, like theology on the level of supernatural faith, pursues answers to the deepest questions concerning ultimate reality and the meaning of life. As St. Thomas Aquinas argued, faith and reason cannot ultimately be in conflict; any apparent conflict is the result of faulty understanding on one side or the other. While all major philosophers are studied at the University of St. Thomas, the philosophy of St. Thomas provides the unifying vision.

The course offerings in philosophy are designed to promote these aims of a liberal education:
  1. To expand the mind through vital contact with many of the greatest and most influential thinkers of all time
  2. To recognize and evaluate the underlying assumptions that govern contemporary opinion and to consider alternatives
  3. To develop a capacity and love for disciplined and creative thinking about complex matters
  4. To understand connections among all the parts of an education and to prepare for graduate study in philosophy, theology, law and other disciplines as a basis for a variety of careers

Assessment in large part will be done in connection with the Senior Seminar, which is required of all majors.

Our Philosophy Department offers an undergraduate degree, a graduate degree and a five-year B.A./M.A.

Philosophy, B.A.
Philosophy, B.A./M.A. 
Philosophy, M.A.
Philosophy, Ph.D.


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Dr. Thomas M. Osborne, Chair

Dr. John N. Deely
Dr. Terry Hall
Dr. John P. Hittinger
Dr. Rollen Edward Houser
Dr. Steven Jensen
Dr. John F. X. Knasas
Dr. Christopher Martin
Dr. Mirela Oliva
Dr. Theodore P. Rebard
Dr. Mary Catherine Sommers

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