"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 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.

Upcoming Events

September 9th, 2016 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
October 14th, 2016 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Department News

Congratulations to Sean Aas '12

Congratulations to Sean Aas, '12, who has accepted a tenure track offer at Georgetown University starting Fall 2016!

Congratulations Paul Guyer

Congratulations to faculty member Paul Guyer on being awarded the Berlin Prize Fellowship for the Spring of 2017!

Congratulations to Zachary Barnett

Zachary Barnett has been awarded a 2016-17 Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellow. The Graduate School has posted a feature story and a photo of the four doctoral students.  You can view the tweet and ...

Congratulations to Professor Nina Emery

Congratulations to Professor Nina Emery who has just been awarded the Henry Merritt Wriston Fellowship.  This award is given each year to a regular untenured member of the faculty who have achieved a record of excellence in teaching and scholarship during their first years at Brown.

Congratulations to Phil Galligan

Congratulations to Phil Galligan, who has successfully defended his PhD dissertation How to Explain Remarkable Features of Evaluative Epistemology in March 2016. Phil's dissertation advisor was James Dreier.