"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 ([email protected]), designed to introduce members of groups traditionally underrepresented in our discipline to professional philosophy.

Upcoming Events

October 8th, 2020 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
February 26th, 2021 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Department News

Congratulations to David Christensen

Congratulations to David Christensen for winning the 2021 Ernest Sosa Prize Lecture Award from the American Philosophical Association. 

Congratulations to Samuel Meister

Congratulations to Samuel Meister for a successful defense of his dissertation on April 17th. His defense was titled Aristotle's Pure Forms: A Study of Some Chapters in Metaphysics Z-H and his committee members were Mary Louise Gill, Justin Broackes, David Charles, and Jacob Rosen. 

Congratulations to Tobias Fuchs

Congratulations to Tobias Fuchs for a successful defense of his dissertation on April 15th. His defense was titled Well-being, Compassion, and Core-Desire and his committee members were Nomy Arpaly, James Dreier, and David Estlund.

Congratulations to Thomas E. Moore

Congratulations to Thomas E. Moore for a successful defense of his dissertation on April 9th. His defense was titled Kant and the Problem of the Regulative and his committee members were Paul Guyer, Rolf-Peter Horstmann, and Charles Larmore. 

Congratulations to Kirun Sankaran

Congratulations to Kirun Sankaran for a successful defense of his dissertation on April 7th. His defense title was Essays on Justice and Social Structures and his committee members were Charles Larmore, Dave Estlund, Sharon Krause, and Jerry Gaus.