Department of
Philosophy

Statues of the muses

Overview

Philosophy asks fundamental questions and tries to arrive at reasonable answers. What can I know? How should I live my life? What is real? What is a mind? Is it different from a brain? What is good reasoning? Is there a God? Are we really free, or are we controlled by past events?

The University of Rochester offers undergraduate philosophy courses at all levels—a major, minors, and a graduate program leading to a PhD in philosophy. Courses deal with epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language, history of philosophy, logic, ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy of science, and philosophy of religion. The courses page list all undergraduate courses.

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Commencement on the Quad

  • Students in Class

    Academics

    Philosophy is relevant to every program and major. It addresses basic, significant problems.

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    Newsletter

    It has been good being back as Chair this year. It was my tenth, having begun in 2003 and taken...

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    Faculty Award

    January 23, 2015
    Bill FitzPatrick, named Gideon Webster Burbank Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy

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Students in Class

Academics

Philosophy is relevant to every program and major. It addresses basic, significant problems.

Learn More

Newsletter Cover

Newsletter

It has been good being back as Chair this year. It was my tenth, having begun in 2003 and taken...

Read More

Event Image

Faculty Award

January 23, 2015
Bill FitzPatrick, named Gideon Webster Burbank Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy

Learn More