Philosophy

Philosophy resembles mathematics, in its complexity; history, in its exploration of people and ideas across time; and literature, in its celebration of articulate expression. Courses challenge students to explore big questions while providing a foundation of sound, biblical understanding. Philosophy majors are well positioned to pursue any career that requires analytical reasoning.

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Hear from professors and students about what makes JBU's philosophy program great.

Work with Brilliant Faculty

Seven Reasons to Study Philosophy at JBU

Reason #1

Work with Brilliant Faculty

The full-time and adjunct faculty at JBU have published extensive research in philosophy and maintain research projects in addition to teaching full-time.

Present Your Position

Seven Reasons to Study Philosophy at JBU

Reason #2

Present Your Position

Each year JBU students present papers at national academic conferences like The Southwest Conference of the American Academy of Religion.

Prepare for Law School

Seven Reasons to Study Philosophy at JBU

Reason #3

Prepare for Law School

JBU’s pre-law minor can be taken as a way to develop the verbal, written and analytical skills necessary for law school while maintaining academic rigor in a liberal arts major.

Intern at JBU's Paradosis Center

Seven Reasons to Study Philosophy at JBU

Reason #4

Intern at JBU's Paradosis Center

JBU is home to the Paradosis Center, an independent research center that sponsors conferences, lecture series and publications to promote collaboration across disciplines.

Advance to Grad School

Seven Reasons to Study Philosophy at JBU

Reason #5

Advance to Grad School

JBU’s graduates are getting their graduate degrees from schools like Princeton, Duke, Denver Seminary and Dallas Theological Seminary.

Study a Semester Abroad

Seven Reasons to Study Philosophy at JBU

Reason #6

Study a Semester Abroad

Work one-on-one with an expert in your field of study, research in the world’s most exhaustive library and attend weekly lectures by some of the most brilliant minds — all for JBU credit.

Challenge Yourself

Seven Reasons to Study Philosophy at JBU

Reason #7

Challenge Yourself

Explore classes and concepts like logic, ethics, philosophy of religion and epistemology with rigorous projects and challenging research prompts to supplement the lectures and readings.

Jay Bruce

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Jay Bruce

Associate Professor of Philosophy

First year teaching at JBU, Bruce, Associate Professor of Philosophy was named the Rookie of the Year.

Ph.D., Baylor University
M.A., Baylor University
M.A., University of Oxford
B.A., University of Oxford
A.B., Dartmouth College

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Dave Vila

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Dave Vila

Professor of Religion and Philosophy

Between leading excavations to Jordan and writing a book about the five Byzantine churches found at Abila, Vila is a Professor of Religion and Philosophy at JBU.

Ph.D., St. Louis University
M.Div., Covenant Theological Seminary
M.A., Covenant Theological Seminary
B.A., Covenant College

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Chad Raith

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Chad Raith

Assistant Professor of Religion & Philosophy

Raith established the Paradosis Center, which is dedicated to bringing together Evangelicals, Catholics and Orthodox to witness together to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Ph.D., Ave Maria University
M.Th., Regent College
M.Div., Beeson Divinity School
B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology

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Alumni Profile

Matt Tintera '13

"The opportunity to study theology at Duke Divinity School came largely at the hands of the men and women who taught me to think deeply and critically about my faith helped me grow in the love and grace that sustains it. Upon completing my M.Div., I hope to enter a doctoral program in theology and teach at a Christian liberal arts university."