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NE Regional Ethics Bowl - 11/11/17

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John Komdat receives the 2017 Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student


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Addressing theoretical and practical issues

Undergraduate Program

Applying philosophy to contemporary concerns

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Majors & Minors

Philosophical issues addressed include both traditional and contemporary topics.

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Graduate Studies

Our small, close-knit PhD program facilitates close interaction among faculty and students.

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PHL for Pre-Law

Our courses explore philosophical issues that motivate the formulation and application of laws.

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Richard Feldman - Romanell-Phi Beta Kappa 2017 Lectureship

Rationality, Evidence, and Public Discourse, Sept. 7, 14 and 18

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Mind, Language, and Science in Plato and Aristotle: Themes in the Work of Deborah Modrak

Conference takes place Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23. See the complete program for details. RSVP required to


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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 department’s course offerings provide an excellent foundation for graduate work in law and cognitive science, as well as in philosophy itself.

The philosophers in our department have a variety of specialties in philosophy and represent diverse philosophical perspectives.

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Faculty Spotlight

Is it reasonable to ‘agree to disagree’?

When people disagree, and all involved in the discussion believe that theirs is the reasonable position, what’s to be done? That’s a question that underlies a lecture series in September by philosopher Richard Feldman.

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Ninety-five percent of University of Rochester applicants are accepted into law school. That’s 19 percent higher than the national average.

Berkeley Prize

The Berkeley prize competition is an essay competition open to all philosophy professionals.

Winners receive a cash prize and a copy of the winning essay will be sent to the George Berkeley Library Study Center.

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Why PHL?

At Rochester, students can combine philosophy with another major. The writing and analytical skills our students learn supplement their interests in law, history, science, and more, while preparing them for graduate studies and careers.

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