Department of
Philosophy

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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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Humanities Center Created
Dean of Arts & Sciences Gloria Culver has announced the creation of a Humanities Center. The center will support multidisciplinary engagement around literature, history, the arts, and philosophies of cultures past and present with the aim of fostering educated, contributing global citizens. The fundamental goal of the center is to enhance the study of the humanities at Rochester while strengthening the ties to related disciplines. Visit The Humanities Center website to learn more.


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    Academics

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

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    Newsletter

    Many of you will have followed the stories of declining student interest in the humanities...

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    Faculty Award

    July 1, 2015
    Alison Peterman, named James P. Wilmot Assistant Professor of 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

Many of you will have followed the stories of declining student interest in the humanities...

Read More

Event Image

Faculty Award

July 1, 2015
Alison Peterman, named James P. Wilmot Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Learn More