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Philosophy Department 

In Fordham's liberal arts tradition, philosophy has a special role in the development of the mature individual. Philosophy provides students the opportunity to reflect on the most fundam ental questions that concern human beings and the ultimate dimensions of their world. The courses in philosophy acquaint students with the intellectual and moral traditions of their civilization and aim to develop in the student the skills necessary to think clearly and carefully for themselves--to question their assumptions and to judge their principles critically with the depth required for them to act as mature, integrated, free persons in their society and to provide it with enlightened, responsible leadership and service. 

Dept. Administration
John J. Drummond
Jennifer A. Gosetti-Ferencei
Director, Graduate Studies
Samir Haddad
Associate Chair, Rose Hill Undergraduate Studies
Bryan Frances Associate Chair, Lincoln Center Undergraduate Studies
Thomas Krettek
Director, MAPR Program
Nathan Ballantyne
Placement Officer
Margaret Donovan Administrative Assistant
Suzanna Appenzeller Executive Secretary
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The department is pleased to be the home of the 4.5 million dollar Varieties of Understanding project from 2013-2016. In conjunction with New York University, the University of California-Berkeley, and Princeton Theological Seminary, the project will explore the various ways in which human beings understand the world and how that understanding might be improved. It is made possible by support from the John Templeton Foundation, with additional support from the Henry Luce Foundation.


Congratulations to Professor Samir Haddad for being awarded tenure and being promoted to Associate Professor. Professor Haddad specializes in continental philosophy, especially in the French tradition.


We are pleased to announce that Amy Seymour (Notre Dame) joins the department as an Assistant Professor beginning in the Fall 2014 semester.  Her specialization is metaphysics, and she will be teaching at the Lincoln  Center campus.

We are also happy to announce three new Post-Doc Teaching Fellows for the 2014-15 academic year, all at the Rose Hill campus:

  • Clayton Bohnet (Duquesne).
  • Diana Heney (Toronto).
  • Shane Wilkins (Fordham). 
PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT EVENTSLecture by Daryl Tress (Fordham University), September 19, 2014
Walton Lecture in Science, Philosophy and Religion by Elizabeth Johnson (Fordham University), September 24, 2014
Lecture by Simon Critchley (The New School), October 17, 2014
31st Annual Meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy (SAGP) with the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy and Science (SSIPS), October 24-26, 2014
Research Seminar by Felix O Murchadha (National University of Ireland, Galway), October 28, 2014
Sullivan Lecture by Paul Boghossian (New York University), November 6, 2014
Walton Lecture in Science, Philosophy and Religion by Stephen Grimm (Fordham University), November 12, 2014
Research Seminar by Rik Van Nieuwenhove (Mary Immaculate College University of Limerick), November 14, 2014
Natural Law Colloquium by Jennifer Nedelsky (University of Toronto), November 19, 2014
Lecture by Michelle Ann Kosch (Cornell University), March 5, 2015
Walton Lecture in Science, Philosophy and Religion by Howard Robinson (Central European University) and William Jaworski (Fordham University), March 11, 2015
Suarez Lecture by Robert Pasnau (University of Colorado Boulder), April 17 2015
Walton Lecture in Science, Philosophy and Religion by John Cottingham (University of London), April 21, 2015
For details about these events, go here.
The Fordham Epistemology and Ethics Workshops will be held throughout the year at the Lincoln Center Campus.
The John C. and Jeanette D. Walton Workshops in Science, Philosophy and Religion are open to interested New York area professionals. They are held at the Lincoln Center Campus.
The annual Early Modern Workshop fosters exchange and collaboration among scholars, students, and anyone with an interest in Early Modern Philosophy  (roughly covering the period 1600-1800).

Fordham offers six-year financial aid awards for graduate study.

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