Department of Philosophy
The Greek philosopher Socrates once said that the unexamined life is not worth living. For more than 2,000 years, philosophy has been the source of the most intensely reflective, influential and argued versions of that examination. The concerns of philosophy range from the arts, the methods and foundations of the sciences, politics, education, and religion to the complex questions relating to the meaning of reality, truth, values and the significance of human history. The study of philosophy is an essential dimension of a well-educated person.
Philosophy seeks to establish standards of evidence, provide rational methods of resolving conflicts, and create techniques for evaluating ideas and arguments. Philosophy develops the capacity to see the world from the perspectives of other individuals and other cultures; it enhances one’s ability to perceive the relationships among the various fields of study; and it deepens one’s sense of the meaning and variety of human experience.
Toward these ends the program in philosophy at Texas A&M is structured to provide students with the skills necessary to appreciate more fully the central concerns of human existence and develop abilities in problem-solving, communication, persuasion, writing, and critical thinking.
Students, along with parents and friends, often assume that the only undergraduates who major in philosophy are those who intend to pursue graduate degrees in philosophy, theology and law. The breadth of skills developed, however, makes the study of philosophy appropriate for students entering professional fields such as medicine, business and education, and for those preparing for graduate work in the humanities or the social sciences.
It should be stressed that the non-academic value of a field of study must not be viewed mainly in terms of its contribution to obtaining one’s first job after graduation. Students are understandably preoccupied with getting their first job, but even from a narrow vocational point of view it would be short-sighted to concentrate on that at the expense of developing potential for success and advancement once hired. Factors leading to initial employment are not necessarily those that lead to promotions or beyond a first position. This is so because the needs of many employers alter with changes in social and economic patterns. It is therefore crucial to see beyond the specifics of a job description.
As this suggests, there are people trained in philosophy in just about every field. They have gone into not only such professions as teaching, medicine, and law, but also into computer science, management, publishing, sales, government service, criminal justice, public relations, and other fields.
Bermudez Ospina, Jose L, Professor
PhD, Cambridge University, 1992
Brady, Emily, Professor
PHD, University of Glasgow, 1992
Burch, Robert W, Professor
PHD, Rice University, 1969
Conway, Daniel W, Professor
PHD, University of California at San Diego, 1985
Daniel, Stephen H, Professor
PHD, Saint Louis University, 1977
Easwaran, Kenneth K, Professor
PHD, University of California Berkeley, 2008
Ellis, Thomas H, Instructional Assistant Professor
MA, Texas A&M University, 2009
George, Theodore D, Professor
PHD, Villanova University, 2000
Jaima, Amir R, Assistant Professor
PHD, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2014
Katz, Claire E, Professor
PHD, University of Memphis, 1999
Menzel, Christopher P, Professor
PHD, University of Notre Dame, 1984
Miller, Glen A, Instructional Associate Professor
PHD, University of North Texas, 2015
Palmer, Clare A, Professor
PHD, University of Oxford, 1993
Pappas, Gregory F, Professor
PHD, The University of Texas at Austin, 1990
Pettersson, Martin B, Professor
PHD, Kungliga Tekniska högskolan Royal Institute of Technology, 2003
Radzik, Linda C, Professor
PHD, The University of Arizona, 1997
Raymond, Dwayne F, Instructional Assistant Professor
PHD, University of Western Ontario, 2006
Rivera, Omar, Associate Professor
PHD, The Pennsylvania State University, 2007
Sansom, Roger B, Associate Professor
PHD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2002
Sweet, Kristi, Associate Professor
PHD, Loyola University, Chicago, 2006