Department of Philosophy

During this challenging time, all members of the Department of Philosophy will be working remotely from their homes Monday through Friday.   If you need assistance please feel free to send an email to Jodi Osborn, our Administrative Assistant at osbornj@xavier.edu  or Dr. Timothy Sean Quinn, department chair at quinnt@xavier.edu  or leave a voice message at either 513-745-2851 for Mrs.Osborn or 513-745-2020 for Dr. Quinn. 


Philosophy literally means "the love of wisdom." It deals with speculative issues such as human nature, the structure of reality, the existence of God, and the processes involved in human knowledge. It is also concerned with practical issues such as the nature of the morally good life and the ideal political society. Philosophy engages with its own history through a study of the great figures and movements from the ancient world to the present.

Within Jesuit education, philosophy occupies a central, synthesizing role. It aims at helping students reflect creatively and critically on ethics, society, and the world at large.

The major program in philosophy is designed to provide a sound grounding in the history of Western philosophy through the careful study of the great books of that tradition.

Learn more about what the Philosophy program can do for you.

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Contact Us

Dr. Timothy Quinn, Chair
Department of Philosophy
Hinkle Hall 238
513-745-2020
quinnt@xavier.edu 

Jodi Osborn, Administrative Assistant
Department of Philosophy
Hinkle Hall 236
513-745-3821
osbornj1@xavier.edu