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Christine DeMichieli, Office Coordinator

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Mackinac Hall B3-105
Allendale, Michigan 49401
Tel (616) 331-2114
Fax (616) 331-2601  

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Welcome to the Philosophy Department

The Department of Philosophy is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences  and offers both a Major and a Minor in Philosophy.

The Department counts 22 full-time faculty members working in a variety of specialties.

The Department's international faculty is made of active scholars who are committed to undergraduate education. They are at Grand Valley to share their expertise in a wide variety of philosophical schools, national traditions, historical periods, and specialized areas of philosophical work.

The curriculum is designed to provide a foundation of solid understanding of the history of philosophy, but also to encourage students to pursue work in their own areas of interest. Formal coursework is only one part of the Philosophy student's education. Since inquiry and study are most fruitful when conducted in a vital community of fellow scholars, the Department is committed to offering a number of excellent learning opportunities that go beyond traditional classroom structures.


Course Offerings Fall 2017 and Winter 2018

Use the following link or click navigation tab on the left entitled Course Offerings for a list of Philosophy 200-400 courses: current-course-offerings-2017-18-108.htm


Colloquium Series and Calendar of Events

All are invited to attend our series of colloquium presentations by GVSU faculty and guests. The Winter 2018 schedule will be coming soon. 

For details on most current Colloquium Event, go to Event tab and choose Upcoming Colloquium on drop down.

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Ronald Loeffler's New Book Release


Faculty member, Ronald Loeffler, recently authored the book, Brandom. It was released as part of the Key Contemporary Thinkers series.  Brandom, is a critical guide through the neo-pragmatist theory of language and reason by the influential contemporary American philosopher Robert Brandom. This book focuses on all aspects of Brandom’s theory: its appropriation of the German Idealist tradition, its normative pragmatics, its inferential role semantics, and its accounts of linguistic communication, knowledge, representation, objectivity, and logic.

Ronald Loeffler