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Department of Philosophy


Why Philosophy? Athena Teaching Student

Overall, philosophy is an excellent part of any student's general University Education. Courses in philosophy can be taken towards several degrees; and virtually all programs of study at SDSU can be enriched by the inclusion of one or more of our courses. Masters programs are offered for students who wish to go on to do graduate study in Philosophy.

Current Graduate Students

George F. Schieck

My primary philosophical interest is axiology (ethics & aesthetics, economics, etc.), also the question of whether ‘value’ might be inherent to something or anything, rather than (or in addition to) a property resulting from external associations and/or relationships, and what this might mean for our relationship with nature and other “individuals” here on the Planet (and wherever else?).  Previous academic work includes: BA in philosophy (W.Va. Wesleyan, 1973); MA in religious studies (Boston University, 1978); MA in international relations (Naval Postgraduate School, 1992, with a double major in Far East/China and Middle East/Israel).

During the interval since Boston I flew for the Navy and my various assignments included duty in Japan (2 years), Saudi Arabia (1 year), and various other postings in the Middle East (Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar).  Most recently I participated in the working groups that developed USN’s new Maritime Strategy and was the senior Fleet Rep for designing new doctrine on Operational Assessment (i.e.: what variables, and their range/scope, are important both for planning and operating).  From 2002-06 I taught introductory undergraduate classes for Navy College in Philosophy, Government, World Religions, and Basic Math.

My favorite philosopher is Spinoza.  Other philosophers whom I enjoy and respect include Aristotle, Hume, Kant, Nietzsche, Whitehead, Russell, Peirce, Teilhard de Chardin, and Frege.  A philosopher whom I should try to understand is Plato.


ChuTerrence Chu

I received my undergraduate degree from UC Davis in Managerial Economics.  I’ve worked in education for the past eight years as an Academic Adviser at San Diego State University.  My interest in philosophy began with a fascination in East Asian philosophies. Through independent study my interests have expanded to include western philosophical thought, realizing the benefits and influences philosophy has on today’s world.  Academically I am still fairly new to the field, and am in the process of completing my remaining undergraduate coursework while beginning my graduate work.  I have taken courses in business ethics, Buddhist philosophy, Just War Theory, environmental ethics, and biomedical ethics and have thoroughly enjoyed all aspects dealing with the philosophy field thus far.  Currently, I would like to continue pursuing my interest in East Asian philosophies including Daoist and Confucian philosophies, as well as my new found interest in social ethics, morality, and its effects on social policy.  I still have much to learn and am thrilled to begin the Master’s program here at SDSU.
During my free time I enjoy hiking, traveling, live music, and the fine arts.  I also enjoy films and documentaries dealing with social and political issues.

Brandon Edwards-SchuthBrandon Edwards-Schuth

My main philosophical interests are Political Philosophy, Ethics, and Philosophy of Education. I also have a keen interest in Sociology and Postmodernism. I've also written for the Daily Aztec with my philosophy blog "The Imperative." Besides philosophy, I enjoy archery, board and tabletop gaming, as well as making music.

"The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point, however, is to change it." - Karl Marx

MisthosAlexander Misthos

As an undergraduate I double majored in Philosophy and History. I am currently interested primarily in the philosophy of Martin Heidegger, although I am also very interested in other aspects of Continental philosophy, such as early existentialism, the Frankfurt School (in particular Herbert Marcuse), and the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. My general interests branch well outside of Continental thought. I also have a strong admiration for ancient Occidental philosophy (particularly Platonism) and Kyoto school philosophy (particularly the thought of Kitaro Nishida). During my free time I like to write, and when I'm feeling sociable you can often find me at the Living Room near campus either reading, writing, or just hanging out.

SiefertKevin Siefert

I am currently interested in issues regarding ontology, especially those concerned with conceptions of difference. The philosophers I am most interested in are Heidegger, Nietzsche, Deleuze, and Derrida (to name a few). I also enjoy the existentialist framework, especially pertaining to the French. Outside of philosophy I enjoy cinema (especially French cinema) and punk music. I think it is important to support and provide a platform for radical ideals.

ThomasBrian Thomas

My primary philosophical interest is Existentialism, more precisely the philosophy of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, and Camus (to name a few). I find the themes and interrelatedness of the Existentialists (French and German) to be fascinating and having very interesting implications in terms of giving one’s life meaning and worth. Other areas of interest and study are Metaphysics (essentialism, ontology, and truth), and Philosophy of Language (meaning, proper names, and Wittgenstein). When I don’t have my nose buried in a book, I am either hanging out with my sister and her husband cruising around the Disneyland Resort, or with friends playing pool and discussing philosophy. After my M.A. coursework I hope to eventually pursue a Ph.D. at UC Riverside or USC.
















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