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Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl

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Philosophical issues addressed include both traditional and contemporary topics.

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

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Philosophy Events for 2019/20


October 18, 2019
Professor Jody Azzouni (Tufts University)
"Knowledgeable Apes, Insects and Drones"

Friday, November 8, 2019
Professor Michaela McSweeney (Boston University)

March 20, 2020
Professor Jon Herington (University of Rochester)

April 10, 2020
Professor Martha Nussbaum (University of Chicago)

April 17, 2020
Professor Robert Audi (University of Notre Dame)

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2019 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.

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Where can philosophical thinking help? Everywhere.

Philosopher Zeynep Soysal, who joined Rochester’s faculty this year as an assistant professor of philosophy, works at the place where mathematics and linguistics converge.

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‘Filtering the patterns that matter to us’

Epistemologist Jens Kipper has joined the University’s Department of Philosophy, bringing with him a focus on the nature of intelligence that spans the fields of philosophy, computer science, and artificial intelligence.

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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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