Philosophy

Resources

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RESOURCES

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Philosophy
Scarborough Hall
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4176
Fax:815-394-5171
Matthew Flamm, Ph.D.
MFlamm@rockford.edu

Faculty

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FACULTY

Professor of Philosophy; Chair, Department of Philosophy
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale
M.A., Texas A&M University
B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook
A.S., Portland Community College
Phone: 815-226-4176
Fax: 815-394-5171
E-mail: MFlamm@rockford.edu

Scholarly Interests

American philosophy, George Santayana, John Dewey, social and political philosophy, philosophy of education and culture.


Some Publications

Under Any Sky: Contemporary Readings of George Santayana. Co-edited, authored with Krzysztof Piotr Skowroñski. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007.


Santayana's Critique of Modern Philosophy and Its Application to the Work of Nietzsche. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society. Vol. 42, No. 2, Spring 2006: 266-278.


The Demanding Community: Politicization of the Individual after Dewey Education and Culture. Vol. 22, No. 1, 2006: Article 5.

Professor of Philosophy; Executive Director of the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship (CEE)
Ph.D., Indiana University
M.A., University of Guelph
B.A., University of Guelph
Phone: 815-226-4078
Fax: 815-394-5171
E-mail: SHicks@rockford.edu
Dr. Stephen Hicks is Professor of Philosophy and Executive Director of the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship.

He is the author of three books. His Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault was published in 2004 by Scholargy Publishing and has been translated into Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Swedish, and Persian. He is also the co-editor of Readings for Logical Analysis (W. W. Norton, 1998), now in its second edition. His book Nietzsche and the Nazis was published in 2010 by Ockham’s Razor Publishing and has been translated into Polish.

He has published widely in academic journals such as Review of Metaphysics and Business Ethics Quarterly, as well as more popular outlets such as The Wall Street Journal.

He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Guelph, in Canada, and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Indiana University. Most of his graduate work was in logic and philosophy of science.

He has been a visiting professor of business ethics at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., a visiting fellow at the Social Philosophy & Policy Center in Bowling Green, Ohio, and senior fellow at The Objectivist Center in New York. Stephen Hicks teaches business ethics. He lectures locally and nationally to professional business groups, has published a number of articles, and has completed a book on the subject. He is also the director of the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship at Rockford University.

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Philosophy
Scarborough Hall
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4176
Fax:815-394-5171
Matthew Flamm, Ph.D.
MFlamm@rockford.edu

Scholarships and Awards

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SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

Walhout Prize in Philosophy
The Walhout Prize in Philosophy was established in honor of Dr. Donald Walhout, Professor Emeritis. This award is given to a student based on academic performance, GPA, and the student must have completed 30 hours in Philosophy.

For more information on scholarships relevant to this department, please visit the Academic Catalog (pdf).

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Philosophy
Scarborough Hall
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4176
Fax:815-394-5171
Matthew Flamm, Ph.D.
MFlamm@rockford.edu

Careers and Internships

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CAREERS AND INTERNSHIPS

Career opportunities for philosophy majors are numerous. Philosophy majors have been successful in business, writing, teaching and editing. As well as training students for graduate studies in philosophy and the humanities, the philosophy major is a popular choice for pre-law students because of the rigorous development of abstract, analytical and argumentative abilities that the study of philosophy makes possible.

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Philosophy
Scarborough Hall
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4176
Fax:815-394-5171
Matthew Flamm, Ph.D.
MFlamm@rockford.edu

Programs of Study

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PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Rockford University’s philosophy department offers students the opportunity to either major or minor in philosophy. Degree requirements for these programs can be found in the academic catalog.

Major and Track/Concentration:

  • Philosophy (B.A.)

View more information in the Academic Catalog.

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DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Philosophy
Scarborough Hall
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4176
Fax:815-394-5171
Matthew Flamm, Ph.D.
MFlamm@rockford.edu

Philosophy

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Student in library

PHILOSOPHY

Philosophy is the systematic study of the fundamental questions: What is real? Does God exist? Is the soul immortal? Do I have free will? What ought I do with my life? Through the study of these questions, students of philosophy acquire critical thinking skills, knowledge of influential ideas in our cultural history, and the ability to reflect deeply on the basic questions of human life.

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Philosophy
Scarborough Hall
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4176
Fax:815-394-5171
Matthew Flamm, Ph.D.
MFlamm@rockford.edu