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Welcome to the Department of Philosophy!

Department Faculty
Back row: Frank Fleckenstein, Cynthia Zirlott, Skott Brill, Edward Chapman, and Michael Mathias   
Front row: Jean-Marie Makang, Shoshana Brassfield, and Jo Ann Circosta. 

What Is Philosophy?

The word ‘philosophy’ literally translates to ‘love of wisdom.’  When you study philosophy you will pursue wisdom through reasoning and critical reflection about the most fundamental principles, concepts, and presuppositions that underlie our understanding of the world and the way we live our lives.  The philosophy program provides an opportunity to engage in disciplined reflection about matters that concern every human being—ourselves, our world, our interaction with one another—and therefore is both intellectually stimulating and personally enriching. In addition to the intellectual and personal values embodied in the study of philosophy, students acquire critical thinking skills, communication skills, and awareness of values, that are applicable to other academic areas and readily transferable to non-academic careers.

Contact Us

Administrative Assistant:
Ms. Kathleen Gillece-Cosner 
109 Dunkle Hall
Telephone: 301-687-4215
Fax: 301-687-3099

Department Chair:
Dr. Michael Mathias
111 Dunkle Hall

Mailing address:
Department of Philosophy

101 Braddock Rd.
Frostburg, Maryland 




Dr. Michael B. MathiasMichael Mathias 



"The unexamined
life is not
worth living"


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