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Applying philosophy to contemporary issues

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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Department of Philosophy Presented:

Evidentialism: Themes in the Work of Earl Conee and Richard Feldman

Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3, 2022

A two-day conference celebrating the works of Earl Conee and Richard Feldman.

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11th Biennial Graduate Epistemology Conference


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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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Feature Story

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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