"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, Professor Riki 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 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.

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 Bernard Reginster

Congratulations to Professor Bernard Reginster who received a Collaborative Humanities Course Award from the Cogut Institute for the Humanities for his co-taught course with Professor Joachim Krueger from CLPS, Happiness in Psychology and Philosophy.

Congratulations to Chad Marxen

Congratulations to Chad Marxen for passing his dissertation defense on February 23rd, 2021. His dissertation title was "Truth-Aimed Epistemology."

Congratulations to Anna Brinkerhoff

Congratulations to Anna Brinkerhoff on her successful dissertation defense on March 26th. Her defense was titled, "Evidence and the Rationality of Belief."

A Priori Volume 6

On behalf of all the editors at A Priori, Brown’s undergraduate journal of philosophy, I am excited to announce that we have just published our 2021 issue! Although you won't be able to get it hot off the (physical) press this year, you can still check it...