Department of Philosophy

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 21 full-time faculty members working in a variety of specialties, who are active scholars committed to undergraduate education. They 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 students with a foundation in the history of philosophy and 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.

GVSU Philosophy at Major Fair

Majors Fair

BMS and Philosophy Major Jonathan McCabe and Prof. of Philosophy Andrew Spear want YOU to major in Philosophy!

Department and Student Events

Minorities in Philosophy Meeting

December 6, 2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Do you love philosophy, but wonder why there aren’t more people who look like you in your philosophy classes? This meeting will seek to create a supportive community for minorities...


December 8, 2023 3:00 PM

From Hannah Arendt’s “Banality of Evil” to the Confucian Idea of “Banality of Good” Peimin Ni (GVSU Philosophy)              

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Faculty Information F23

Faculty Name Email Office Office Hours View Profile Action
Byrnes, Jeffrey B3 217 MAK Mon. Noon-1:30 pm Jeffrey Byrnes View
Castelao-Lawless, Teresa B3 207 MAK Tues. 3:00pm-4:00pm or by appointment Teresa Castelao-Lawless View
LaGuardia-LoBianco, Alycia B3 205 MAK Mon./Wed. Noon-1:00pm or by appointment Alycia LaGuardia-LoBianco View
Loeffler, Ronald B3 206 MAK Tues./Thurs. 11:30am-12:30pm or by appointment Ronald Loeffler View
Ni, Peimin B3 210 MAK Tues./Thurs. 1:15pm-2:15pm or by appointment Peimin Ni View
Parker, Kelly B3 200 MAK Tues./Thurs. 9:00am-9:45am (DeVos Atrium 1st floor wing C, Pew Campus); Wed. 4:00pm-5:00pm (Allendale or via Zoom) Kelly Parker View
Pestana, Mark B3 202 MAK Tues. /Thurs. 1:00pm-5:00pm Mark Pestana View
Shang, Geling B3 208 MAK Tues./Thurs. 1:00pm-2:30pm Geling Shang View
Spear, Andrew B3 213 MAK Tues./Wed: 11:00am-noon or by appointment Andrew Spear View
Tunstall, Dwayne B-3-211 MAK Mon. 3:00pm-4:00pm (except on 09/25) or by appointment Dwayne Tunstall View
Uglietta, John B3 209 MAK Tues. 3:45pm-4:45pm; Thurs. 11:15am-12:15pm or by appointment John Uglietta View
Vessey, David B3 201 MAK Mon. noon-2:00pm or by appointment David Vessey View
Ni Reception

                                                                                                      An Autobiography of Professor Ni’s Philosophical Career and Development

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