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Tackle big questions

Philosophy

About the Department of Philosophy

Is the human mind just a very complicated machine? Can we have free will if the mind is a machine?

The Department of Philosophy at the University of St. Thomas attempts to address these questions and countless others through our research and courses. The department has a long-standing commitment to the study of Aristotle and Aquinas, and we are committed to engaging a variety of philosophical traditions and areas.

As a philosophy student, you have the ability to study a wide range of topics, including (but not limited to) Tibetan epistemology, the philosophy of science, philosophical questions in children's literature and so much more. You will gain important logic and critical thinking skills as you analyze a diverse array of concepts and problems from various perspectives.

The Major and Minor

Our department offers courses in almost every area of philosophy ranging from ethics to the philosophy of science. No matter what your goals are, we can help you develop the skills you need to be successful in your future career.

For Current Students

Want to declare a major or minor in philosophy? Complete the major declaration form and either bring it to JRC 241 or email us.

Faculty

Our faculty are passionate scholars and dedicated teachers that will mentor and challenge you throughout your undergraduate career at St. Thomas.

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Dr. R. Mary Hayden Lemmons

Dr. Lemmons focuses on ethics, political and legal philosophy, the philosophy of person and love and personalist feminism in her research.

Dr. R. Mary Hayden Lemmons
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Dr. Mark Spencer

Dr. Spencer specializes in the philosophy of beauty, medieval/scholastic philosophy, metaphysics, phenomenology and philosophical theology.

Dr. Mark Spencer
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Dr. Stephen Laumakis

Dr. Laumakis researches the history of philosophy, Buddhist philosophy and Chinese philosophy. In his book An Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy, Dr. Laumakis explains the origin and development of Buddhist ideas and concepts by focusing on philosophical ideas and arguments.

Dr. Stephen Laumakis
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American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (ACPQ)

Our department is the editorial headquarters of the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, the 82-year-old journal of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. It features a variety of topics and is one of the leading philosophy journals in North America.

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Additional Information about ACPQ

  • Editorial Staff
  • Mailing Address
  • Publisher and Copyright Information
  • Subscription Information
  • Editorial Staff

    If you have questions, please email acpq@stthomas.edu

    Editor
    David Clemenson

    Managing Editor
    Heidi M. Giebel

    Associate Editors
    W. Matthews Grant (Book Reviews)
    Christopher Toner

    Assistant Editors
    Gloria Frost
    Mary Lemmons
    Mark Spencer
    Joshua Stuchlik

    Mailing Address

    American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly
    University of St. Thomas – Philosophy Department
    2115 Summit Avenue, Mail JRC 241
    St. Paul, MN 55105

    Publisher and Copyright Information

    Publisher
    Philosophy Documentation Center

    Copyright and Permissions
    All copyright and permissions matters are handled by the Philosophy Documentation Center. General rights and permissions information is available on the Philosophy Documentation Center website. Please direct all inquiries regarding rights and permissions to permissions@pdcnet.org.

    Subscription Information

    Subscriptions information is available on the Philosophy Documentation Center website. Direct all subscription inquiries to order@pdcnet.org or (800) 444-2419.

    Editorial Staff

    If you have questions, please email acpq@stthomas.edu

    Editor
    David Clemenson

    Managing Editor
    Heidi M. Giebel

    Associate Editors
    W. Matthews Grant (Book Reviews)
    Christopher Toner

    Assistant Editors
    Gloria Frost
    Mary Lemmons
    Mark Spencer
    Joshua Stuchlik

    Mailing Address

    American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly
    University of St. Thomas – Philosophy Department
    2115 Summit Avenue, Mail JRC 241
    St. Paul, MN 55105

    Publisher and Copyright Information

    Publisher
    Philosophy Documentation Center

    Copyright and Permissions
    All copyright and permissions matters are handled by the Philosophy Documentation Center. General rights and permissions information is available on the Philosophy Documentation Center website. Please direct all inquiries regarding rights and permissions to permissions@pdcnet.org.

    Subscription Information

    Subscriptions information is available on the Philosophy Documentation Center website. Direct all subscription inquiries to order@pdcnet.org or (800) 444-2419.

    Contact Information

    Questions? Please feel free to reach out!

    Tel: 651-962-5350
    Email: philosophy@stthomas.edu
    Fax number: 651-962-5340

    Mailing Address

    University of St. Thomas
    2115 Summit Avenue, Mail JRC 241
    St. Paul, MN 55105

    Campus Location

    We are located on the second floor of the John Roach Center for the Liberal Arts
    (Building #2 on the campus map).