In general, philosophers seek to understand the world and their place in it. Philosophy is the foundation of every field of study and trains its critical perspective on every aspect of human experience. Philosophers explore the nature of reality, truth, beauty or justice, the constitution of knowledge, the nature and existence of the world, human freedom, good and evil, the existence of God, personal mortality, human nature, social and political activity, and the extent of human understanding.
The Philosophy Department at Villanova University provides a congenial setting for those students interested in philosophical questions. In addition to an undergraduate program leading to a major, a minor or a double major in Philosophy, our Department offers courses which satisfy the core requirements in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the Villanova College of Engineering and the Villanova College of Nursing.
The courses in our Department also satisfy requirements for majors in Cognitive Science, Computing Science, Environmental Sciences and Criminal Justice. Finally, they fulfill elective requirements in the Ethics Program, the Honors Program, the Center for Peace and Justice Education and Women’s Studies.
Philosophy is the only department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a graduate program leading to a Ph.D. Doctoral candidates in our program specialize in the study of the History of Philosophy, Continental as well as Analytic Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy and Aesthetics.
Helen Lang, Professor of Philosophy
It is with great sadness that we inform the Villanova community that Helen Lang, Professor of Philosophy, passed away June 20. Helen's impact on the Villanova community was enormous. Beloved teacher, mentor, and scholar, she inspired countless students in the love of the classics. Helen served the department as chair from 2002-2005 and was also President of the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, 2009-2010. Services are Tuesday, June 21 at 10:30 at Sharon Gardens, 273 Lakeview Ave., Valhalla, NY 10595. Contact the department for additional details. Memorial contributions in Helen's honor can be made to her daughters' synagogue community: http://www.dnoam.org or http://www.dnoam.org/payment.php
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