PHILOSOPHY (PHIL)

College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy
John Roach Center for the Liberal Arts (JRC) 241, (651) 962-5350
Menssen (chair), Atkinson, Bogardus, Clemenson, Coulter, Deavel, Degnan, Frost, Giebel, Grant, Heaney, Kemp, Kronen, Laumakis, Lemmons, Lu, Pawl, Rota, Spencer, Stoltz, Stuchlik, Toner, van Ingen, Winter

Department Web Site:http://www.stthomas.edu/philosophy/

Philosophy engages questions such as:

  • Is the human mind just a very complicated machine?
  • Can we have free will if the mind is a machine?
  • Must we have free will in order for life to be meaningful?
  • What makes an act moral or immoral?
  • When, if ever, can a government mandate moral acts or outlaw immoral acts?
  • Is it ever permissible to start a war with a preemptive strike?
  • Is the design in the world evidence that there is a God?
  • Do the world’s evils show that a good God cannot exist?
  • What is the role of philosophy in dealing with questions about God?
  • What is knowledge?
  • Can we know anything with certainty?
  • Are warrants for knowledge relative to particular cultures?

Philosophy considers these questions, and countless others, from the standpoint of human reason and experience. It emphasizes precise and careful argument, and sharpens your thinking skills.

The philosophy program at St. Thomas will introduce you to distinguished philosophical work over the centuries and into our own time. While attending carefully to philosophers whose works are foundational to the Catholic intellectual tradition, particularly Aristotle and Aquinas, the program is committed to broad integration of our understanding of reality. As you work to construct a philosophical worldview you will engage a variety of traditions, including non-Western, and confront questions prompted by the study of such subjects as the natural and social sciences, mathematics, medicine, business, law, theology, the fine arts, and literature.

Major in Philosophy

Philosophy - Major Field Guide

  • PHIL 115 Philosophy of the Human Person (4 credits)
  • PHIL 214 Introductory Ethics (4 credits) or PHIL 215 Introductory Ethics: East and West (4 credits)
  • PHIL 220 Logic (4 credits)

Plus eight credits in the history of philosophy

Four credits in classical Western philosophy

  • PHIL 200 Ancient Philosophy (4 credits)
  • PHIL 202 Medieval Philosophy (4 credits)
  • PHIL 340 Thought of Thomas Aquinas (4 credits)
  • or another course approved by the department

Four credits in an elective in the history of philosophy

  • PHIL 200 Ancient Philosophy (4 credits)
  • PHIL 202 Medieval Philosophy (4 credits)
  • PHIL 210 Chinese Philosophy (4 credits)
  • PHIL 304 Modern Philosophy (4 credits)
  • PHIL 306 Contemporary Philosophy (4 credits)
  • PHIL 308 Indian Philosophy (4 credits)
  • PHIL 340 Thought of Thomas Aquinas (4 credits)
  • PHIL 353 Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Nietzsche (4 credits)
  • or another course approved by the department

Plus:

  • Sixteen credits at the 300-level or above, including four credits at the 400-level (all 400-level courses require public presentation of a paper)

Plus:

  • Additional coursework in Philosophy to bring the total number of credits in philosophy either to forty-four (for single majors) or thirty-six (for double or triple majors).

Philosophy majors who are single majors must complete twenty-eight of their credits in philosophy at UST’s St. Paul campus; philosophy majors who are double majors must complete twenty-four of their credits in philosophy at UST’s St. Paul campus.

Minor in Philosophy

  • PHIL 115 Philosophy of the Human Person (4 credits)
  • PHIL 214 Introductory Ethics (4 credits) or PHIL 215 Introductory Ethics: East and West (4 credits)

Plus:

  • Twelve additional credits in philosophy. It is recommended that minors take PHIL 220 Logic (4 credits).  

Philosophy minors must complete twelve of their credits in philosophy at UST’s St. Paul campus.

Course Number Title Credits
PHIL  115 Philosophy of Human Person 4
PHIL  200 Ancient Philosophy 4
PHIL  202 Medieval Philosophy 4
PHIL  210 Chinese Philosophy 4
PHIL  214 Introductory Ethics 4
PHIL  215 Ethics East and West 4
PHIL  220 Logic 4
PHIL  234 Love, Sex, & Friendship 4
PHIL  240 Faith and Doubt 4
PHIL  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
PHIL  250 Christian Mysteries 4
PHIL  258 Environmental Ethics 4
PHIL  269 Research 2 OR 4
PHIL  272 Evolution and Creation 4
PHIL  296 Topics 2
PHIL  297 Topics 4
PHIL  298 Topics 4
PHIL  304 Modern Philosophy 4
PHIL  306 Contemporary Philosophy 4
PHIL  308 Indian Philosophy 4
PHIL  320 Aristotelian Logic 4
PHIL  325 Intermediate Symbolic Logic 4
PHIL  330 Philosophy of Mind 4
PHIL  335 Aesthetics 4
PHIL  340 Thought of Thomas Aquinas 4
PHIL  350 Advanced Ethical Theory 4
PHIL  353 Machiavelli,Hobbes,Nietzsch 4
PHIL  354 Biomedical Ethics 4
PHIL  356 Contemporary Social Issues 4
PHIL  357 Political Philosophy 4
PHIL  359 Philosophy of Law 4
PHIL  360 Philosophy of Religion 4
PHIL  365 Natural Phil & Metaphysics 4
PHIL  380 Epistemology 4
PHIL  385 Philosophy of Science 4
PHIL  389 Research 2 OR 4
PHIL  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
PHIL  398 Topics 4
PHIL  460 Philosophy of God 4
PHIL  485 Seminar 4
PHIL  486 Seminar 4
PHIL  489 Topics 4
PHIL  490 Topics 4
PHIL  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4