Department of Philosophy


  • Professor Jessica Moss (New York University)
    February 5
  • Professor Janice Dowell (Syracuse University)
    March 18
  • Professor Japa Pallikkathayil (University of Pittsburgh)
    April 8

In the News

  • July 1, 2015

    Faculty Award

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

  • April 28, 2015

    Faculty Award

    William J. FitzPatrick, the Gideon Webster Burbank Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy, is the 2015 recipient of the Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

  • March 19, 2015

    Emerging countries say Internet bad for morality, study finds

    The majority of users, 64%, said the Internet has a positive influence on education. However, 42% also thought the Internet was bad for morality, with only 29% saying the Internet is a good influence.

2015 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.

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

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

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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.

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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