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Graduate students in the Philosophy program may focus their studies on the following areas: epistemology and metaphysics (including philosophy of mind); ethics (including applied ethics, metaethics, and normative ethics); history of philosophy (including the ancient, modern, or 19th and 20th centuries); philosophical logic; philosophy of language; philosophy in literature; philosophy of law; philosophy of mathematics; philosophy of physics; and political philosophy.

Admission Requirements

  • Writing Sample: Required
  • GRE General: Required
  • GRE Subject: Not required

Application Deadline: January 2

Ph.D. Completion Requirements

Sixteen courses including at least 10 seminars, i.e., courses numbered above 201 or designated as seminars by the instructors; advancement to candidacy (based on qualification review of coursework completed during the first three semesters, satisfactory completion of course and distribution requirements, approval of a dissertation project); dissertation; oral defense.

Department of Philosophy
Brown University
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Department Chair: Paul Guyer

Director of Graduate Studies: Christopher Hill