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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.


Check out the Department's first E-newsletter to alumni!

Philosophy Welcomes New Faculty

The Department of Philosophy welcomes new Faculty for Fall 2019:

Professor Norman Ajari joins us from the Université Toulouse.  He specializes in Critical Race Theory, Africana Philosophy, Decolonial, Postcolonial and Anticolonial theories, and 20th Century Continental Philosophy.  He is the author of Dignity or Death: Ethics and the Politics of Race (Paris: La Decouverte, 2019).

Professor Davey Tomlinson joins us from The Divinity School at the University of Chicago.  He specializes in Buddhist Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, and Philosophy of Mind.  He will defend his dissertation on “Buddhahood and Philosophy of Mind: Ratnākaraśānti, Jñānaśrīmitra, and the debate over mental content (ākāra)” later this year.

Professor Gabor Tverdota joins us as from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, as a Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters.  Gabor specializes in: Sociology of Knowledge, Sociology of Intellectuals, Critical Theories, Theory of Collective Action, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophical Psychopathology and Philosophy of Psychoanalysis.    

We are excited to welcome them to Villanova University.                                             

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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