John Uglietta, Unit Head
Christine DeMichieli, Office Coordinator
Mackinac Hall B3-105
Allendale, Michigan 49401
Tel (616) 331-2114
Fax (616) 331-2601
Welcome to the Philosophy Department
The Department of Philosophy is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences http://www.gvsu.edu/clas/ 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.
Colloquium Series and Calendar of Events
All are invited to attend our series of colloquium presentations by GVSU faculty and guests. Click link for Winter 2018 Colloquium schedule. Colloquium Winter 2018
For details on most current Colloquium Event, go to Event tab and choose Upcoming Colloquium on drop down.
Professor Castelao-Lawless and the Art of Aging: Overcoming Barriers to Health Aging Conference
The 13th Annual Conference on the Art & Science of Aging: Overcoming Barriers to Health Aging took place at the Richard M. DeVos Center on February 23. The organization of this annual conference is coordinated by Professor Priscilla Kimboko and a diverse Planning Committee of colleagues and peers from different disciplinary fields and career paths, including our own Philosophy Professor Teresa Castelao-Lawless. This year, the all day conference gathered an audience of 300 plus, including elderly and retired, as well as caregivers, social workers, lawyers, psychologists, managers of nursing homes, nurses, and undergraduate and graduate students. This year the keynote speaker was Dr. Gwendolyn Graddy-Dansby, MD, FACP, and Medical Director of PACE Southeast Michigan. The conference included important topics for this growing segment of our population including presentations on elderly law, where to retire, how to stay independent in one's own home, latest news on Alzheimer’s disease, research on bio markers for Parkinson's Disease, how to protect one's assets as one becomes disabled, chronic pain management, healthy behaviors for the elderly, senior companion programs, and caring for the caregiver.
Creating a conference on aging in Grand Rapids was the vision of GVSU Philosophy Professor, Dr. Teresa Castelao-Lawless. She organized the conference and coined the title "The Art & Science of Aging". This is the 13th annual conference and is still going strong. Thank you Professor Castelao-Lawless for this contribution to the community.