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Garden of Philosophy
Garden of Philosophy, Budapest

The Department of Philosophy offers programs leading to the BA and PhD degrees.

The philosophers who are members of the Department of Philosophy have a variety of specialties in philosophy and represent diverse philosophical perspectives. Philosophical issues addressed in undergraduate courses include both traditional topics from areas such as epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of science, and also the most recent contemporary concerns. The techniques brought to bear on these issues are analytical, formal, and historical. 

The undergraduate program stresses Western philosophy, ancient and modern, and gives particular emphasis to recent and contemporary Anglo-American philosophy. The department’s course offerings provide an excellent foundation for graduate work in law and cognitive science, as well as in philosophy itself. A major in philosophy is also a valuable asset when combined with a major in political science, economics, or natural sciences such as biology, chemistry, geology, physics, and psychology.

The graduate program enables students to earn a Doctor of Philosophy. The program emphasizes ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, history of philosophy, and logic. The program leading to the doctorate emphasizes training for scholarly research and teaching. The department cooperates with the Departments of Computer Science, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and Linguistics in a graduate program in cognitive science. A detailed description of these programs may be obtained upon request from the department.

The Department office is in 532 Lattimore Hall on the River Campus of the University of Rochester (see maps). On the same floor are Faculty and TA offices and the Department's Lewis White Beck Memorial Library containing over 10,000 books and journals.