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Why Major in Philosophy at Fisher?

According to the American Philosophical Association: "The study of philosophy serves to develop intellectual abilities important for life as a whole, beyond the knowledge and skills required for any particular profession. Properly pursued, it enhances analytical, critical, and interpretive capacities that are applicable to any subject-matter, and in any human context."

In short, the study of philosophy touches all areas of life and is applicable to just about any profession you may want to pursue.

About the Major in Philosophy

With a major or minor in philosophy, you will gain the skills needed to effectively articulate and debate ideas while cultivating your self-expression and developing a passion for life-long learning.

You will be challenged to think critically and constructively about the most fundamental speculative and practical issues confronting us.

Courses cover a wide range of topics including human nature and the place of humans in the world; space, time, and causality; truth, goodness, and beauty; and God.

At Fisher, you'll also have the option of double majoring in another area, such as history, political science, business, or nursing. Combining majors in this way can be useful if you plan to further your education in the social sciences, or if you are thinking of pursing a career in medicine, the law, or another related field.

Program Requirements

Note: The Undergraduate Catalog contains the most up-to-date philosophy program requirements.

Philosophy Department Mission

Through the requirements for its philosophy major (and classical studies minor), the department strives to provide its students with an understanding of the theory and life-practice of philosophy so as to give a framework for a fruitful critical confrontation with the most prominent issues in such areas as ethics, logic, political theory, theories of knowledge, and metaphysics.

This will require a familiarity with problems and means of evaluating their proposed solutions that would enable the student to pursue graduate study in philosophy and facilitate graduate study in related areas.

On a personal level, students will be enabled to make informed judgments that will allow them to experience continued intellectual and personal growth, to practice responsible citizenship, and to be engaged in their chosen careers in a humane and enlightened way.

Philosophy Faculty

David White, Charles Natoli, Tim Madigan, and Joseph Lanzalaco.

Latest Philosophy News


“Year of Yeats” Brings Two-Day Philosophy Conference to Fisher

“Year of Yeats” Brings Two-Day Philosophy Conference to Fisher


This year marks the 150th birth anniversary of W.B. Yeats, and St. John Fisher College is commemorating the year with a two-day conference, “W. B. Yeats at 150: A Celebration,” held on Thursday, Nov. 19, and Friday, Nov. 20. Read More

Madigan Delivers Paper at International Conference on MacIntyrean Enquiry

Madigan Delivers Paper at International Conference on MacIntyrean Enquiry


Tim Madigan, associate professor of philosophy, delivered a paper at the 9th Annual Meeting of the International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry. Read More


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