Philosophy

Why study Philosophy?

Traditionally, philosophy is defined as rational inquiry into first causes and first principles; it considers comprehensive explanations and the most basic truths presupposed by every form of human knowing. For example, philosophers seek to understand reason, logic, truth, nature, life, being, goodness, and the human person, among many other topics. The philosophy major at Aquinas College gives students the opportunity to pursue this discipline in an intellectually rigorous program inspired by the insights and method of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Students and faculty from all majors engage weekly in Philosophical discussion via the Socratic Club, one of Aquinas’ most popular student organizations.

Meet the Faculty

Ben SmithBenjamin L. Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Philosophy
(615) 297-7545 x448 smithb@aquinascollege.edu
Ph.D., University of St. Thomas – Houston
M.A., Catholic University of America

Dr. Smith is the founder and faculty sponsor of the Socratic Club. His interests include Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Political Philosophy, and Logic.

 

Sister Elinor Gardner, O.P.
Sister Elinor Gardner, O.P., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Philosophy
(615) 297-7545 x550 srelinor@aquinascollege.edu
Ph.D., Boston College
B.A., Saint Anselm College

Sister Elinor has been a member of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia since 2003 and has been on the faculty at Aquinas since 2013. Her interests are in Ethics and the philosophy of Saint Thomas Aquinas.

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A few years ago if you would've told me the stuff that I'm reading and the stuff that I'm writing I wouldn't have believed you.

- Danika A.
Arts and Sciences student

Because they're not just giving you everything...know this, know this, know this, this list of things, and you're good for life? No! Know this foundational principle, know why, and then when you come across things in life, you can apply anything to this and you will know what to do.

- Wil B.
Arts and Sciences student

The faculty is so nice and enthusiastic! They are always willing to help.

- Abbey
Student

The Aquinas College program enables you to engage in course material in an in depth way because of the small class sizes and the teachers’ attention to detail.

- Arts & Sciences Student

I study Arts & Sciences at Aquinas College because the professors genuinely care about the formation of the whole person and want the mind to be formed in a truly classical education.

- Arts and Sciences student

Aquinas has made me more aware of callings—a part of the whole person is that everyone has a calling, that everyone is unique and irreplaceable.

- Ana T.
Philosophy Major

The professors are superb. We have small class sizes and a close community and family feel. It fosters human flourishing. We love it!

- Arts & Sciences Student

I needed something that was more one-on-one than just a lecture setting where there were an overwhelming number of students within a classroom.

- Danika A.
Arts and Sciences student

Aquinas teaches me to think beyond myself and think about the common good and how to serve others.

- Ana T.
Philosophy Major

I love all my professors. They care about their students and challenge them. Their faith is number one in their lives and that’s what matters the most to me.

- Lauren
Arts and Sciences student

If you want to learn how to think—not only what to think—then Arts & Sciences at Aquinas College is the place to be. It provides a unique environment where you will be able to grow intellectually and spiritually, preparing you for anything the future could bring.

- Arts & Sciences Student