Why Choose Ashland?

Why Choose Ashland for Philosophy?

  • Classes are small, and the faculty is completely hands-on. All of your philosophy classes are taught by tenured, full-time faculty who are engaging and charismatic.

  • The department has a unique, thorough sequence in the primary texts of the history of philosophy, designed to empower students with the most significant ideas of the past and present.

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Faculty Spotlight

Jeffrey Tiel is an associate professor of philosophy at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. Additionally, he served as the director of the Ashland University Honors... Read more

Alumni Spotlight

Fred is a 2005 graduate of AU. After graduation, he attended The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and is currently an Associate Attorney Read more

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Administrative Assistant:
Paulina Trunzo
217 Center for Humanities, Bixler (CFHB)

The study of Philosophy equips you to analyze, think creatively and critically examine your beliefs and those of others.  It expands your conceptual horizons.  You consider profound questions and in the process develop intellectual tools to expand your understanding.  Through your study, you also will gain fundamental communication skills and problem solving abilities that will help you succeed in a wide range of fields and occupations, or in graduate school. . .  More

Questions! Questions!! Questions!!!

Grab your pen and place a checkmark in the box next to each question you have ever wondered about or find interesting to contemplate right now:

  • If the President of the United States reserves the sole right to authorize torture, and if all legitimate governmental powers derive from the governed, then doesn’t it follow that I must have the right to torture?  If so, what are the exact conditions under which I may torture my roommate (please, wait one moment while I grab an extra sheet of paper, since I have to imagine that the list is quite long)?
  • If you cheat in class or in sports and you don’t get caught, aren’t you way ahead of people who don’t cheat or people who do cheat and do get caught?  Isn’t it better to be a clever cheater than an honest loser?
  •  If God exists depending on whether I believe in him or not, then doesn’t that sort of make me a god, since my wishes bring divine beings into and out of existence?  And if this is true, is there any way that I can avoid the horrible implication that my brother is also a god?
  •  What is love anyway?
  •  If happiness is different for every person, then why isn’t everyone happy?  Shouldn’t we just all make happiness really easy to achieve?
  •  Are angels real?
  •  Since winners write history books, how can we ever trust what they say?  Doesn’t power trump truth?  And if so, then how could I ever know the truth about that question?
  •  Do I exist?
  •  If Socrates really said know thyself, why didn’t he consider looking into a mirror?

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Student Opinions

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  • Rachel Scheiding (M.A., Marietta College; M.A., Ohio University; Crisis Case Coordinator, Westbrook Health Services)
    Philosophy affects my work in complementing the ethical standards upheld by the psychology and social work professions. I also find that philosophical ideas about human nature are often in agreement with psychological theories about human behavior.
  • Amy Proulx (Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University)
    Studying philosophy taught me how to take ideas and thinkers seriously. It improved my analytical abilities, but moreover I realized the value of being part of an intellectual community. My time at Ashland inspired me to continue on this path.
  • Rebecca Civittolo (M.A., The Ohio State University, Intern in Program and Policy Development at the Ohio Department of Mental Health)
    My philosophy education has been invaluable to me, though, because it taught me how to think in a way that I would not necessarily have learned otherwise. I use the reasoning skills and concepts that I learned in philosophy classes every day in order to make stronger arguments myself and evaluate... more
  • Keith Darsee (Student, Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law)
    My critical reasoning skills & my ability to independently and objectively evaluate difficult texts have given me a qualitative advantage over my fellow law students who did not have the advantage of an Ashland University philosophy education.
  • William Payne (Student, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law)
    Philosophy definitely helped me become more analytical. It helped me sort out some of the problems I had with religion, and, perhaps most importantly, it made thinking fun for me again.
  • Fr. Sean Templeton (Anglican Priest, Christ Church Westshore)
    My Ashland University philosophy degree is the engine of my ministry providing both analytical tools and incomparable insight into Human Nature.
  • Frederick Bills (Associate Attorney at Weston Hurd LLP)
    Communication skills and the ability to think quickly are vital to successful litigation. Studying philosophy at Ashland University, especially given the exceptional staff, developed my abilities in these areas. The study of philosophy is a challenge, and confronting minds much greater than your... more
  • Andrew Tucker (Duke Divinity School, Lutheran Campus Minister at Duke University)
    My time as a philosophy major at Ashland University not only prepared me for the rigors of graduate study; at a most foundational level, it enriched my life.
  • Matt Mingus (PhD Candidate, University of Florida)
    Enrolling in my first philosophy course, and eventually becoming a philosophy major, has had a lasting impact on my competitiveness in graduate school and in the workforce.
  • Daniel Oliver (Graduate Student, John Carroll University)
    Learning philosophy will enrich everything else you study. Grad schools and employers will know you're a serious thinker.
  • Kara Mumea (Manager, Relax, It's Just Business, Mansfield)
    Doing philosophy has strengthened my mind, enriched my understanding, and drastically improved my ability to make and grasp arguments. My teachers made an enormous impact on my life as well, and broadened my horizons of thought in a way I never thought possible.