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Fall 2021 Course Formats

All classes and educational experiences for undergraduate and graduate students in the schools of Arts, Sciences & Engineering are expected to be held on campus at full classroom capacity, assuming health and safety guidelines are met. Virtual instruction options will be prepared as part of contingency plans, including instructional plans for international students who cannot travel to the U.S. As always, the University reserves the prerogative to change the mode of instruction for any course to on-line or hybrid delivery whenever deemed necessary or pedagogically appropriate.

While there are still some uncertainties, AS&E leaders are optimistic that vaccines will be widely deployed this spring and summer and strongly encourage students, faculty and staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as eligibility allows.

The specific plans and policies for instruction, activities and operations in the 2021-22 academic year will be updated regularly in the coming months and informed by and subject to change based on information from the University’s medical experts, the current state of COVID-19 on campus, any additional state and federal guidelines, as well as the commitment to the University community’s health and safety.

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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The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty

The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty - A conversation with journalist Maurice Chammah
Lecture is both in-person in Hawkins-Carlson Room
and via zoom at 998-1821-8174
Tuesday, November 9th at 5:00 pm
Event sponsored by the Philosophy Department,
the Humanities Project and
the Rochester Education Justice Initiative
For more information, please contact Zeynep Soysal

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11th Biennial Graduate Epistemology Conference

The University of Rochester Department of Philosophy invites graduate students to submit to the 11th Biennial Graduate Epistemology Conference. We welcome submissions in the field of analytic epistemology, broadly construed.

Submission Deadline: January 1st, 2022 with Easychair.  

For more information see our page.  

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2021 Newsletter

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Did you know?

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.

A graphic on a chasm with a group of people on one side and the scales of justice on the other.

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There’s hope for objective moral standards—but how can we better live up to them?

In responding to news of hate crimes, mass shootings, police brutality, or discriminatory policies, many of us react with moral indignation. We see these things as violating core principles concerning the inherent worth and rights of persons—moral principles that seem to be objectively true, not mere matters of taste or convention.

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Eden Thomas ’21.

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Eden Thomas '21 fulfills her dream with Rochester degree

The first-generation student discovers that “one opportunity opens a whole bunch of other doors and connections.”

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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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Want more information about the Department of Philosophy? Contact us.