About Philosophy & Religion

The Department of Philosophy and Religion provides a major in Philosophy and Religion, a minor in Philosophy, a concentration in Philosophy and Religion Studies, a Concentration in Ethics, extensive offerings in general education, and administrative support for the American Studies major.

Philosophy and Religion courses promote rigorous inquiry involving both analytical and integrative reasoning, and provide crucial tools, for decision-making. The focus centrally on the capacities of reasoning and logic, reflection on meaning and values, and texts, issues and questions foundational to many of the world's cultures. They contribute significantly to the fulfillment of Rowan's mission to educate students who remain lifelong learners and responsible citizens of diverse communities.

Here is what Nobel-prize winning philosopher Bertrand Russell writes in his 1912 book The Problems of Philosophy about why we should study philosophy:

Philosophy is to be studied, not for the sake of any definite answers to its questions, since no definite answers can, as a rule, be known to be true, but rather for the sake of the questions themselves. Because these questions enlarge our conception of what is possible, enrich our intellectual imagination and diminish the dogmatic assurance which closes the mind against speculation; but above all that because, through the greatness of the universe which philosophy contemplates, the mind also is rendered great, and becomes capable of that union with the universe which constitutes its highest good.




Philosophy News & Events

Carl Hausman of Rowan’s Journalism Department will present a talk entitled "Ethics on Deadline: The Moral Philosophy Behind Tough Calls in the Newsroom" on Wednesday, September 24th at 5 pm in Bunce 106.


Calls for Papers - SDSU Undergraduate Philosophy Conferenc - October 18-19, 2014
San Diego State University

CALL FOR POSTERS - Neuro-Interventions and the Law: Regulating Human Mental Capacity - September 12-14, 2014 Georgia State University

Best Majors for GRE Scores in 2013: Philosophy Dominates


Fu Scholarships and Graduation, Spring 2011

Fu Scholarships Recipients 2012

2012 CLAS Dean's Awards Ceremony

Newsweek: Religion Studies Revival

Recent Faculty Publications:

Dr. Matthew Lund, N.R. Hanson: Observation, Discovery, and Scientific Change, Humanity Books (Prometheus), January 2010

Dr. David Clowney and Dr. Patricia Mosto, Earthcare: An Anthology in Environmental Ethics, (Rowman & Littlefield), November 2009

Dr. Ellen Miller, Releasing Philosophy, Thinking Art: A Phenomenological Study of Sylvia Plath's Poetry, Davies Group Publishers, March 2009

Dr. Dianne Ashton, Co-editor, Four Centuries of Jewish Women's Spirituality, Second Edition, Brandeis University Press, 2008

Dr. Youru Wang, editor, Deconstruction and the Ethical in Asian Thought, Routledge, 2007

Dr. Youru Wang, Linguistic Strategies in Daoist Zhuangzi and Chan Buddhism: the Other Way of Speaking, Routledge, 2003.

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