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"How charming is divine philosophy!
Not harsh and crabbed as dull fools suppose
But musical as is Apollo's lute
And a perpetual feast of nectared sweets" 
                         -John Milton

 

Welcome to the Brown University Philosophy Department!

The Department of Philosophy has had a long distinguished history at Brown University, and some renowned philosophers have taught, and are teaching, here.  The department's faculty offers expertise in all main areas of philosophy, including ethics and political philosophy, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of logic, philosophy of science, and philosophy of art, as well as the history of philosophy (including 19th and 20th century European philosophy).  In addition, the department offers many courses outside these main areas, such as, philosophy of/in literature, and feminist philosophy.  

The department houses a graduate program, which offers both PhD and Master's degrees, and an undergraduate program, which offers a flexible concentration and sponsors a Departmental Undergraduate Group (DUG). Students with questions about the concentration should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Richard Heck.

The department also sponsors several programs, including the Political Philosophy Workshop and the program for Ethical Inquiry; lecture series, including the Royce Lectures, the Brown/Blackwell Lectures, and the Shapiro Lectures; and conference series, such as the biannual Shapiro Conferences and the annual Shapiro Graduate Conferences.  The department also hosts frequent visiting scholars and professors from all over the world, and a Distinguished Visitor for one semester every other year.  Every summer, the department offers a special Summer Immersion Program in Philosophy (SIPP@brown), designed to introduce members of groups traditionally underrepresented in our discipline to professional philosophy.

Department News

Congratulations to Timothy Syme

Timothy Syme successfully defended his PhD dissertation, Everyday Life and the Demands of Justice, on May 1, 2015.  His main advisor was Professor David Estlund.  Starting September 2015 Timothy will begin a two-year International Teaching Fellowship at IE University in Segovia, Spain.   

Dana Howard

Dana Howard (PhD awarded 2013) has been appointed a Post-doctoral Fellow at the National Institutes of Health (Department of Bioethics), Bethesda, Maryland.

Recent Faculty Publications

Professor Paul Guyer recently authored "A History of Modern Aesthetics 3 Volume Set" published by Cambridge University Press, 2014.  "A History of Modern Aesthetics" narrates the history...