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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, Justin Broackes.

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 hosts BEARS, The Brown Electronic Article Review Service in Moral and Political Philosophy. 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 Iain Laidley

Iain Laidley passed his dissertation, Forms and Physics in Plato's Timeaus on May 15, 2018.  Professor Mary Louise Gill was Iain's committee chair.  Other members were Professor Justin Broackes, and Providence College Professor Colin Guthrie King.

Congratulations to Zachary Barnett

Zachary Barnett passed his dissertation, The Opinions of Others and the Role of Rational Belief on April 13, 2018.  Professor David Christensen was Zach's committee chair.  Other members were Professor Joshua Schechter, Professor Nomy Arpaly, Professor David Estlund and Yale University Professor Keith DeRose.

Congratulations to Brett Topey

Brett Topey passed his dissertation, Apriorty for Empiricists:  Making Sense of Truth by Convention on April 6, 2018.  Professor Christopher Hill was Brett's committee chair.  Other members were Professor David Christensen, Professor Richard Kimberly Heck, Professor Joshua Schechter and New York University...

Congratulations to Professor David Christensen

Congratulations to Professor David Christensen who has been selected to deliver the 2017–2018 Sanders Lecture at the 2018 Eastern Division meeting in Savannah, GA. The Sanders Lecture was...