Philosophy Department

Contact Us

Dr. Louis Mancha

Chair, Department of Philosophy
202 Center for Humanities Bixler
lmancha@ashland.edu
419.289.5894

Administrative Assistant

Lindsay Brandon-Smith
203 Center for Humanities, Bixler (CFHB)
419.289.5110
lbrando2@ashland.edu

Department e-mail

au-philosophy@ashland.edu

Programs

Undergraduate

Embracing an Ethical Mindset

Are you interested in studying the difference between right and wrong, good and bad, with a special emphasis on discovering the reasons why people make such judgments?

Ashland University's unique ethics minor is shared between the Philosophy and Religion departments to train you to be more ethically diverse and aware of your global responsibilities.

If planned correctly, almost every major can benefit from the opportunity to add this minor with as little as one additional course beyond your core requirements.

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA

Pursuing Wisdom

Are you a deep thinker with an inquisitive mind? Embrace your curiosity in Ashland University’s Philosophy program.

Curriculum

Brochures, Course Rotations & Four-Year Guides

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

COURSE ROTATIONS & FOUR YEAR GUIDES

Master Syllabi

Feel free to browse our Master Syllabi for courses included in the university core program.

All Master Syllabi for Philosophy

For more information about advanced courses and topics, please contact the department:

au-philosophy@ashland.edu

Current Academic Year

Alumni

If you are an alumnus or alumna, please be sure to take our EXIT survey. We would love to have updated information about you, as well as get your opinion about the value of our program in your life.

The link to our EXIT survey

Organizations

American Philosophical Association

American Philosophical Association

The American Philosophical Association was founded in 1900 to promote the exchange of ideas among philosophers, to encourage creative and scholarly activity in philosophy, to facilitate the professional work and teaching of philosophers and to represent philosophy as a discipline.

Having grown from a few hundred members to over 10,000, the American Philosophical Association is one of the largest philosophical societies in the world and the only American philosophical society not devoted to a particular school or philosophical approach.

Society of Christian Philosophers

Society of Christian Philosophers

The Society of Christian Philosophers was organized in 1978 to promote fellowship among Christian Philosophers and to stimulate study and discussion of issues which arise from their Christian and philosophical commitments. One of its chief aims is to go beyond the usual philosophy of religion sessions at the American Philosophical Association and to stimulate thinking about the nature and role of Christian commitment in philosophy.

Ohio Philosophical Association

Ohio Philosophical Association

The Ohio Philosophical Association has existed as a section of the Ohio College Association since 1931. The College Association was founded in 1867.

The Ohio Philosophical Association has as its purpose the encouragement of "research in philosophy in the colleges and universities in Ohio." The membership comprises all those who teach philosophy in institutions which are members of the Ohio College Association and those who are members of this Association at the age of retirement.

Phi Sigma Tau

Phi Sigma Tau

Phi Sigma Tau is the International Honor Society in Philosophy. Founded in 1930 and incorporated as a nonprofit corporation in 1955, the Society now has a network of over 200 chapters throughout the United States and Canada, at both public and private institutions of higher learning. The purpose of Phi Sigma Tau is to encourage interest and activity among students and to promote ties between philosophy departments in accredited institutions.

Ashland University's PHI SIGMA TAU, Ohio Mu Chapter, honors students who have demonstrated academic excellence in philosophy.  Membership is by invitation, selected from students who meet the following minimum conditions: have completed 9 semester hours of philosophy, with a GPA of at least 3.5 in two of those classes, and a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.

2017-18 Members

  • Nicholas Bartulovic
  • Dennis Clark
  • Kristin Fellure
  • Braeden Fitzgerald
  • Morgan Harrison
  • Meagan Kemmerer
  • Morgan Miller
  • Bethany Schlemmer
  • Naomi Sims
  • Lainy Spies
  • Sebastian Vidika
AU Philosophy Club

AU Philosophy Club

Members of the Ashland Philosophy Club are interested in philosophy, getting together, eating pizza, watching the occasional movie, and getting into existential trouble. If you don't believe us, just ask...

Meetings are commonly held twice a month during the semester. We also conduct our traditional Socrates Café discussions (called Soccafés, for short), like to host movie nights and participate in the occasional Phil Core Brannigan (the existential trouble we just mentioned above).

To find out about our schedule please watch for fliers on campus, click on the link above, or you can email one of the officers to get on the email list.

Everyone and anyone is welcome, no philosophy background necessary.

Be sure to check out our WALL, DOCS and LINKS on the FB page. It's all good stuff!

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Mark Hamilton
Dr. Mark Hamilton
Associate Professor of Philosophy, NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative
206, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5135 / mhamilto@ashland.edu
Philosophy Department
Dr. Mancha
Dr. Louis Mancha
Chair, Department of Philosophy, Associate Professor of Philosophy
202, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5894 / lmancha@ashland.edu
Philosophy Department
William Vaughan core director philosophy academic excellence logic
Dr. William Vaughan
Professor of Philosophy
208, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5654 / wvaughan@ashland.edu
Philosophy Department

Philosophy News

Upcoming Bretzlaff Talk!

 
Francis J. Beckwith is Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies at Baylor University, where he also serves as associate director of the graduate program in philosophy. He is the author of over 100 academic articles, book chapters, reference entries, and reviews. Among his nearly twenty books are Never Doubt Thomas: The Catholic Aquinas as Evangelical and Protestant (Baylor University Press, 2019), Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice(Cambridge University Press, 2007), Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic (Brazos Press, 2009), Politics For Christians: Statecraft As Soulcraft (IVP, 2010), and Taking Rites Seriously: Law, Politics, and the Reasonableness of Faith (Cambridge University Press, 2015), winner of the American Academy of Religion’s prestigious 2016 Book Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in Constructive-Reflective Studies. A graduate of the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis (M.J.S.), as well as Fordham University—where he earned the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy--he has held visiting appointments at the University of Colorado, Boulder (2016-17 Visiting Professor of Conservative Thought & Policy), the University of Notre Dame (2008-2009 Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow in the Center for Ethics & Culture), and Princeton University (2002-2003 Visiting Research Fellow in the James Madison Program)....Read more

International Photo Contest



 Share your photos taken abroad with us for a chance to win a prize!Entry form: https://ashland.abroadoffice.net/contest.html...Read more

Art & Politics in Tuscany Information Meeting

Interested in travelling to Italy?! This retreat is designed to highlight the way that art and politics influence one another, and it will allow students to experience the art and history in its original location. Join us in Bixler 201 on Wednesday, October 16 at 4:00pm to learn more!Read more

Ghoulish Philosophy!



October is upon us. Black cats, bats, ghosts, and broomsticks adorn every shop window and school art project. Pumpkins take their places on porches and doorsteps. Humongous bags of bite-sized candies beckon from special grocery store displays. Aside from costumes and calories, what can we gain from the ancient Celtic festival marking the start of the cold, dark season? Philosophical insight, that's what! For this month's "From the Archive", our friends at Philoso?hy Talk have gathered a collection of Halloween-related episodes to help you ponder the deeper side of this sugar-laden day. Click on the link below:

Ghoulish Philosophy on Philoso?hy Talk!
 ...Read more

Contact Us

Dr. Louis Mancha

Chair, Department of Philosophy
202 Center for Humanities Bixler
lmancha@ashland.edu
419.289.5894

Administrative Assistant

Lindsay Brandon-Smith
203 Center for Humanities, Bixler (CFHB)
419.289.5110
lbrando2@ashland.edu

Department e-mail

au-philosophy@ashland.edu

Programs

Undergraduate

Embracing an Ethical Mindset

Are you interested in studying the difference between right and wrong, good and bad, with a special emphasis on discovering the reasons why people make such judgments?

Ashland University's unique ethics minor is shared between the Philosophy and Religion departments to train you to be more ethically diverse and aware of your global responsibilities.

If planned correctly, almost every major can benefit from the opportunity to add this minor with as little as one additional course beyond your core requirements.

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA

Pursuing Wisdom

Are you a deep thinker with an inquisitive mind? Embrace your curiosity in Ashland University’s Philosophy program.

Curriculum

Brochures, Course Rotations & Four-Year Guides

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

COURSE ROTATIONS & FOUR YEAR GUIDES

Master Syllabi

Feel free to browse our Master Syllabi for courses included in the university core program.

All Master Syllabi for Philosophy

For more information about advanced courses and topics, please contact the department:

au-philosophy@ashland.edu

Current Academic Year

Alumni

If you are an alumnus or alumna, please be sure to take our EXIT survey. We would love to have updated information about you, as well as get your opinion about the value of our program in your life.

The link to our EXIT survey

Organizations

American Philosophical Association

American Philosophical Association

The American Philosophical Association was founded in 1900 to promote the exchange of ideas among philosophers, to encourage creative and scholarly activity in philosophy, to facilitate the professional work and teaching of philosophers and to represent philosophy as a discipline.

Having grown from a few hundred members to over 10,000, the American Philosophical Association is one of the largest philosophical societies in the world and the only American philosophical society not devoted to a particular school or philosophical approach.

Society of Christian Philosophers

Society of Christian Philosophers

The Society of Christian Philosophers was organized in 1978 to promote fellowship among Christian Philosophers and to stimulate study and discussion of issues which arise from their Christian and philosophical commitments. One of its chief aims is to go beyond the usual philosophy of religion sessions at the American Philosophical Association and to stimulate thinking about the nature and role of Christian commitment in philosophy.

Ohio Philosophical Association

Ohio Philosophical Association

The Ohio Philosophical Association has existed as a section of the Ohio College Association since 1931. The College Association was founded in 1867.

The Ohio Philosophical Association has as its purpose the encouragement of "research in philosophy in the colleges and universities in Ohio." The membership comprises all those who teach philosophy in institutions which are members of the Ohio College Association and those who are members of this Association at the age of retirement.

Phi Sigma Tau

Phi Sigma Tau

Phi Sigma Tau is the International Honor Society in Philosophy. Founded in 1930 and incorporated as a nonprofit corporation in 1955, the Society now has a network of over 200 chapters throughout the United States and Canada, at both public and private institutions of higher learning. The purpose of Phi Sigma Tau is to encourage interest and activity among students and to promote ties between philosophy departments in accredited institutions.

Ashland University's PHI SIGMA TAU, Ohio Mu Chapter, honors students who have demonstrated academic excellence in philosophy.  Membership is by invitation, selected from students who meet the following minimum conditions: have completed 9 semester hours of philosophy, with a GPA of at least 3.5 in two of those classes, and a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.

2017-18 Members

  • Nicholas Bartulovic
  • Dennis Clark
  • Kristin Fellure
  • Braeden Fitzgerald
  • Morgan Harrison
  • Meagan Kemmerer
  • Morgan Miller
  • Bethany Schlemmer
  • Naomi Sims
  • Lainy Spies
  • Sebastian Vidika

AU Philosophy Club

AU Philosophy Club

Members of the Ashland Philosophy Club are interested in philosophy, getting together, eating pizza, watching the occasional movie, and getting into existential trouble. If you don't believe us, just ask...

Meetings are commonly held twice a month during the semester. We also conduct our traditional Socrates Café discussions (called Soccafés, for short), like to host movie nights and participate in the occasional Phil Core Brannigan (the existential trouble we just mentioned above).

To find out about our schedule please watch for fliers on campus, click on the link above, or you can email one of the officers to get on the email list.

Everyone and anyone is welcome, no philosophy background necessary.

Be sure to check out our WALL, DOCS and LINKS on the FB page. It's all good stuff!

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Mark Hamilton
Dr. Mark Hamilton
Associate Professor of Philosophy, NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative
206, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5135 / mhamilto@ashland.edu
Philosophy Department
Dr. Mancha
Dr. Louis Mancha
Chair, Department of Philosophy, Associate Professor of Philosophy
202, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5894 / lmancha@ashland.edu
Philosophy Department
William Vaughan core director philosophy academic excellence logic
Dr. William Vaughan
Professor of Philosophy
208, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5654 / wvaughan@ashland.edu
Philosophy Department

Philosophy News

Upcoming Bretzlaff Talk!

 
Francis J. Beckwith is Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies at Baylor University, where he also serves as associate director of the graduate program in philosophy. He is the author of over 100 academic articles, book chapters, reference entries, and reviews. Among his nearly twenty books are Never Doubt Thomas: The Catholic Aquinas as Evangelical and Protestant (Baylor University Press, 2019), Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice(Cambridge University Press, 2007), Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic (Brazos Press, 2009), Politics For Christians: Statecraft As Soulcraft (IVP, 2010), and Taking Rites Seriously: Law, Politics, and the Reasonableness of Faith (Cambridge University Press, 2015), winner of the American Academy of Religion’s prestigious 2016 Book Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in Constructive-Reflective Studies. A graduate of the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis (M.J.S.), as well as Fordham University—where he earned the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy--he has held visiting appointments at the University of Colorado, Boulder (2016-17 Visiting Professor of Conservative Thought & Policy), the University of Notre Dame (2008-2009 Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow in the Center for Ethics & Culture), and Princeton University (2002-2003 Visiting Research Fellow in the James Madison Program)....Read more

International Photo Contest



 Share your photos taken abroad with us for a chance to win a prize!Entry form: https://ashland.abroadoffice.net/contest.html...Read more

Art & Politics in Tuscany Information Meeting

Interested in travelling to Italy?! This retreat is designed to highlight the way that art and politics influence one another, and it will allow students to experience the art and history in its original location. Join us in Bixler 201 on Wednesday, October 16 at 4:00pm to learn more!Read more

Ghoulish Philosophy!



October is upon us. Black cats, bats, ghosts, and broomsticks adorn every shop window and school art project. Pumpkins take their places on porches and doorsteps. Humongous bags of bite-sized candies beckon from special grocery store displays. Aside from costumes and calories, what can we gain from the ancient Celtic festival marking the start of the cold, dark season? Philosophical insight, that's what! For this month's "From the Archive", our friends at Philoso?hy Talk have gathered a collection of Halloween-related episodes to help you ponder the deeper side of this sugar-laden day. Click on the link below:

Ghoulish Philosophy on Philoso?hy Talk!
 ...Read more

Cultivating a Love of Wisdom

It’s one thing to make a living, and another thing to learn how to live well. Studying Philosophy at Ashland University can help you do both.

Philosophy Department Differentiators

Ashland University’s Philosophy Department is one of the few programs of its size to offer comprehensive study both in analytical philosophy—with an emphasis on logic, reasoning, and analysis—and continental philosophy—with its emphasis on aesthetics and literary approaches to thought.

Other department differentiators include:

  • 100 percent full-time, tenured, and research-experienced faculty who are completely hands-on in the classroom

  • Many program options including a Philosophy major and minor along with an ethics minor to expand your options depending on your career objective

  • A unique, thorough sequence in the history of philosophy focused on primary texts to empower you with the most significant ideas of the past and present

Our Mission

It is the intrinsic mission of the Philosophy Department to cultivate students in the love of wisdom. The Philosophy Department provides students with the tools to be educated and productive members of the world, regardless of their profession or vocation. While other departments focus on specific topics and work-related skills, it is the duty of the Philosophy Department to teach students the love of learning itself, to seek purpose in their lives, and to make informed, objective, and consistent judgments. When students are instructed in the love of wisdom, they learn not only how to make a living, but how to live well.

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