"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

April 7th, 2020 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
April 9th, 2020 2:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Department News

Congratulations to Paul Guyer

Professor Paul Guyer’s monograph Kant on the Rationality of Morality was recently published in the "Cambridge Elements" series. 

Congratulations to David Estlund

Professor David Estlund's book, Utopophobia: On...

Congratulations to Bernard Reginster

Professor Bernard Reginster received (together with his CLPS colleague Joachim Krueger) a Collaborative Humanities Course Award  from the Cogut Center for the Humanities for their course Happiness in Psychology and Philosophy.  These awards are given in support of curricular innovations that...

Congratulations to Felicia Nimue Ackerman

An article about Professor Felicia Nimue Ackerman (consisting entirely of quotations from her except for a one-sentence editorial note) appeared in the July/August 2018 Brown Alumni Magazine. The article won a 2019 Council for the Advancement...