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Philosophy Department

Why Study Philosophy at Eastern?

Philosophy at Eastern University provides opportunities for shared inquiry into the fundamental questions of life within the context of historic, orthodox Christian faith. "As a philosophy major I was taught the skills of asking critical questions, re-framing issues, considering all sides of an argument, and critical analysis."
       Andrew Zakhari '07
       Philosophy Major
       Substance Abuse Specialist

Philosophy is the pursuit of wisdom, which means it is training for every aspect of life.  That includes a career.  As you grow skilled in speaking, writing, logic and research, the doors to every career are open.  As a result, philosophy majors go on to work in teaching, business, and the non-profit sector, or to further schooling in law school, business school, seminary and medical school, as well as Ph.D. work in literature, economics, mathematics and, of course, philosophy. 

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  • Participate in the Philosophy club, reading groups, close interaction with professors, evening lectures and discussions, and a close community of other students,
  • Investigate philosophy in lively conversation with faith
  • Active, engaging, rigorous classroom discussion and questioning
  • Distinguished faculty hold top degrees and actively publish on Christian thought and theology, ethics, evangelicalism, political philosophy, and literature
  • Research and travel opportunities with the EU Philosophical Society and Agora Institute
  • Opportunity for study at other universities, in Philadelphia and around the world
  • Areas of Study: Faith and Philosophy; History of Philosophy (Ancient, Medieval, Modern, Continental); Philosophy of Literature; Ethics and Justice; Art and Culture; Introduction to philosophy; Logic; Philosophy of Religion; Aesthetics

What the Philosophy Department Offers

Philosophy Major and Minor

R. J. Snell, Ph.D

RJ SnellDr. Snell is Professor of Philosophy, as well as Executive Director of the Agora Institute
His research interests include ethics, natural law theory, Thomas Aquinas, and the work of Bernard Lonergan, SJ. He is the author of Through a Glass Darkly: Bernard Lonergan and Richard Rorty on Knowing without a God's-eye View (Marquette UP), The Perspective of Love: Natural Law in a New Mode (Wipf & Stock), Acedia and its Discontents: Metaphysical Boredom in an Empire of Desire (Angelico), and co-author (with Steve Cone) of Authentic Cosmopolitanism  (Wipf & Stock).

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