Philosophy & World Religions

Philosophy & World Religions

About Philosophy & World Religions

The Department of Philosophy and World Religions is located on the 3rd floor of Bunce Hall. (856-256-4075)

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The Department provides a 30 s.h. major in Philosophy and World Religions, a minor in Philosophy, a minor in Philosophy and World Religions, a minor in Ethics, and 12 s.h. Certificates of Undergraduate Study (CUGS) in Philosophy, World Religions, Asian Philosophy and Religion, and Ethics. 

Philosophy and World Religions majors excel on all the graduate school admissions tests: GRE, LSAT, GMAT, and MCAT.  Our major is especially well suited for those interested in law, government, public policy, publishing, journalism, business management, advertising, environmental advocacy, science policy, health care management, and social work. 

Our alumni are currently working in law, educational leadership, Homeland Security, university teaching, business management, public policy, university administration, and many other fields.  

We are leaders in Ethics, Philosophy of Science, and Interreligious Dialogue.  We offer courses in Biomedical Ethics, Philosophy and Gender, Social and Political Philosophy, Buddhism, Environmental Ethics, Business Ethics, Religion in America, Philosophy of Mind and many other interesting courses.  

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Theorizing at Rowan is a series of public, work in progress lectures covering a range of topics of relevance to scholars in philosophy, religion studies, and other related disciplines. The goal of the series is to promote scholarly exchange involving the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies, the university, and interested scholars throughout the region. Speakers will include members of the department as well as faculty from other departments at Rowan and from other institutions.

All Theorizing at Rowan events are free and open to the public.

Further information about the Theorizing at Rowan series can be found here
The Department of Philosophy and World Religions is pleased to announce the schedule for this Spring's Theorizing at Rowan lecture series.
Theorizing Spring 2020
This semester’s first Theorizing at Rowan event will take place Wednesday February 26, at 5 pm in Bunce Hall 105.

Ellen Miller (Philosophy, Rowan Unviersity) will present a lecture entitled “Inside Emotions and the Lived Body with Disney’s Inside Out
Professor Miller has provided the following description of her talk: “Disney’s Inside Out stands out among Disney comedy-adventure films for its emphasis on ordinary settings and situations rather than fantasy landscapes. Inside Out contains elements from both René Descartes and Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s philosophical approaches.  In this talk, I explore how the film depicts our emotions and the interplay between mind and body.  In the last part of the talk, I focus on the film’s understanding of how depression is not something we can just think
Disney Inside Out
This semester’s second Theorizing at Rowan event will take place Wednesday March 11, at 5 pm in Bunce Hall 105.
Tamara Nopper (Sociology, Rhode Island College) will present a lecture entitled “Alternative Data and Compulsory Visibility”
Professor Nopper has provided the following description of her talk: “This talk explores the push, by politicians, community advocates, and the consumer credit industry, for the use of alternative data in terms of credit scoring. Taking as a point of departure how the use of alternative data is promoted as helping those labeled credit unscorable or credit invisible, I consider how visibility figures in this “solution.” Specifically, I discuss how visibility may be compulsory in terms of how data is both acquired and translated as determinants of creditworthiness. Also explored are the implications of compulsory visibility in terms of surveillance and opportunity structure.”

On The Couch! Nathan Bauer talks about the Philosophy Club

Here is a link to an article and video about Rowan's new, 2018 Interfaith Center.

Well-Known American Judaism Expert Dianne Ashton is Longtime Rowan Professor in World Religions

Why Philosophy and World Religions is good for STEM majors

Newsweek: Religion Studies Revival

Faculty Publications

Dr. Matthew Lund, N.R. Hanson: Observation, Discovery, and Scientific Change, Humanity Books (Prometheus), January 2010

Dr. David Clowney and Dr. Patricia Mosto, Earthcare: An Anthology in Environmental Ethics, (Rowman & Littlefield), November 2009

Dr. Ellen Miller, Releasing Philosophy, Thinking Art: A Phenomenological Study of Sylvia Plath's Poetry, Davies Group Publishers, March 2009

cover of Dianne's book

Hannukkah in America by Dr. Dianne Ashton, NYU Press, 2013

Dr. Youru Wang, editor,Deconstruction and the Ethical in Asian Thought, Routledge, 2007

Dr. Youru Wang, Linguistic Strategies in Daoist Zhuangzi and Chan Buddhism: the Other Way of Speaking, Routledge, 2003.

chan buddhism

Dr. Youru Wang's new book on Buddhism is now out!  It's called Dao Companion to Chinese Buddhist Philosophy (Dao Companions to Chinese Philosophy) 1st ed. 2018 Edition