John Uglietta, Chair
Mackinac Hall B3-105
Allendale, Michigan 49401

Christine DeMichieli, Office Coordinator
Email: phidept@gvsu.edu
Tel (616) 331-2114
Fax (616) 331-2601



Welcome to the Philosophy Department

The Department of Philosophy offers both a Major and a Minor in Philosophy. The Department counts 21 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.



Philosophy Winter Course Offerings of Interest

If you are interested in exploring or, perhaps, majoring in Philosophy, here are some classes you may be interested in Winter session.  If you have any questions regarding the courses, please contact the instructor of course via email for more information.

PHI 250 Existentialism: TR 2:30-3:45 pmAn investigation of a major philosophical and literary movement in the 19th and 20th century. Fulfills Culture in World Perspectives

PHI 312 Medieval Great Philosophers: PHI 312 01 W 6:00 pm- 8:50 pm; A study of one or several medieval great philosophers.   May be repeated for credit, if content differs. Fulfills one of the Issues/Themes requirements.

PHI 320 Social and Political Philosophy: MWF 11:00 am-11:50 am. Analyzes the intellectual appropriation of the concept of freedom over time. Emphasis will be given to the dynamic interaction between freedom and social control in classics of Western philosophy. Issues-Human Rights

PHI 343 Philosophy of Religion

 PHI 343 01 MWF 11:00 am-11:50 am; Mark M Moes Allendale Campus

 PHI 343 02 TR 4:00 pm-5:15 pm; Steven Rowe Allendale Campus

Does God exist? Is there a life after death? How did evil enter the world? Is there any place for reason in religion, or is religious faith only a matter of subjective experience? These questions are explored.  Part of the Identity Issue.


Colloquium Series

All are invited to attend our series of colloquium presentations by GVSU faculty and guests.  

Winter Events coming soon.


Please contact Andrew Spear with questions at speara@gvsu.edu.


Call for Papers                                                                        Current Opportunities for Students Majoring in Philosophy

Calvin College and Grand Valley State University Philosophy Undergraduate Conference:


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