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

Christine DeMichieli, Office Coordinator
Tel (616) 331-2114
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The Department of Philosophy offers both a Major and a Minor in Philosophy. The Department counts 22 full-time faculty members working in a variety of specialties. We have over 100 majors and over 90 minors.

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.


Winter 2016 New Course Addition

Due to high student demand, a new section of Ethics has been added for Winter 2016

PHI 102 22 Ethics meets TR 11:30a.m.-12:45p.m.


Fall 2015 Upper Level Course Offerings of Interest

If you are interested in exploring or, perhaps, majoring in Philosophy, here are some classes you may be interested in taking in Fall 2015.  If you have any questions regarding the courses, please contact the instructor of course via email for more information.

PHI 250 Existentialism. An investigation of a major philosophical and literary movement in the 19th and 20th century. Topics include authenticity, freedom, consciousness, commitment, our relations to others and God, how emotions provide insights unavailable to reason, and the limits of philosophy.

19417  PHI 250 01 TR 02:30pm-03:45pm   -Allendale Campus

Instructor: Teresa Castelao-Lawless:


PHI 311 Ancient Great Philosophers. A study of one or several ancient great philosophers. Cross listed with CLA 311. May be repeated for credit if content varies.

15550: PHI 311 01 MWF 02:00 pm-02:50 pm –Allendale Campus

Instructor:  Mark M Moes:


PHI 313 Early Modern Great Philosophers. A study of one or several modern great philosophers up to Kant, such as Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Berkeley, Hume. Focus will be on the philosophers' writings such as:  May be repeated for credit, if content differs.

15552: PHI 313 01 MW 03:00 pm-04:15pm - Allendale Campus

Instructor: Phyllis W Vandenberg:


PHI 315 Recent Great Philosophers. A study of one or several recent great philosophers, such as: Kierkegaard, Marx, James, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Dewey, Arendt, Merleau-Ponty, Peirce, Whitehead

15911:  PHI 315 01 MW 01:30 pm-02:45 pm   Allendale Campus

Instructor: Dwayne A Tunstall:


PHI 450 Metaphysics. A study of representative metaphysical systems and problems through the writings of the classical, medieval, modern and recent periods.


23395: PHI 450 01 TR 02:30 pm-03:45 pm Allendale Campus

Instructor: Andrew D Spear

Upper Level Course Descriptions and Class Listings       

For all upper course descriptions and class listings for Spring 2015, Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 click here.


Colloquium Series

All are invited to attend our series of colloquium presentations by GVSU faculty and guests. colloquium-fall-2015-event-calendar-103.htm


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