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Department of Philosophy

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 offers 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.


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Philosophy Welcomes New Faculty

The Department of Philosophy welcomes new Faculty for 2020-2021

Professor Justin Humphreys joins us from The University of Pennsylvania, starting in Fall 2020.  He specializes in Continental Interpretations of Ancient Philosophy, Phenomenology, Pragmatism, and Ancient Mathematics.  He is currently working on a book entitled, The Invention of Imagination: Aristotle and the Origins of Representational Thought, which argues that the notion that thinking involves the formation of mental representations of non-mental objects has not always been with us, but emerged at a particular time and place.

Professor Surti Singh joins us from the American University in Cairo, starting in Spring 2021.  She specializes in Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy, Frankfurt School Critical Theory, Feminist Philosophy, and Aesthetics.

We are excited to welcome them to Villanova University.


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Diversity Workshop - PHI 1000 - A workshop on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for Teachers - Sept. 18th - 3:00-5:00 p.m. via Zoom

This ZOOM workshop, led by three PHI 1000 instructors, will navigate how to teach the philosophy foundation course in ways that are guided by the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The workshop will present the principles of DEI as they intersect with teaching PHI 1000 in terms of content, method, and delivery. It aims to be a collaborative learning event where past, current, and future instructors of PHI 1000 can relate their experiences, troubleshoot issues, offer advice, and come up with solutions together in the space of the workshop.  Contact the department for details. 

Philosophy Graduate Student Fall Speaker: Please join us as we welcome Professor Lewis Gordon, University of Connecticut, on September 25th.  Professor Gordon will be speaking on "What It Means to Be a Problem and Transcending It: A Lecture on W.E.B. Du Bois and Frantz Fanon.”  The event will give voice to two of the most important thinkers of the 20th century.  Their philosophical legacy continues in contemporary decolonization movements.  The event, from 5:00-6:30 p.m., on September 25th, will be on Zoom.  Contact the department for details.    



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Department of Philosophy Contacts

Department of Philosophy
Villanova University, SAC 108
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Dr. Sally Scholz, Chairperson
Betsy Fillippo 610-519-4690 Sr.Administrative Assistant
Dr. Julie Klein, Graduate Program Director
Terry DiMartino 610-519-8997 Graduate Program Coordinator

Philosophy Department
FAX: 610-519-4639