Brown University ~ Department of Philosophy

Welcome to the Department of Philosophy, at Brown University.

Upcoming Events

Celebration of Jaegwon Kim's Many Contributions to Philosophers and Philosophy

Brown Faculty Club, One Magee Street, Providence, RI


  • Friday, 26 September
    • 2.00pm: Louise Antony (University of Massachusetts): Reduction Redux: Why Kim Has Not Solved the Generalization Problem
    • 3.30pm: Ned Block (New York University): Ground vs. Supervenience and Identity in the Metaphysics of Mind
    • 5.30pm: Reception and Buffet Dinner
  • Saturday, 27 September
    • 8.30am: A La Carte Breakfast
    • 9.00am: Allan Gibbard (University of Michigan): Meaning, Properties, and Experience
    • 10.30am: Brian McLaughlin (Rutgers University): The Skewed View From Here
    • 12:00pm: Lunch Break
    • 1.30pm: Alyssa Ney (University of Rochester): Microphysical Causation and the Case for Physicalism
    • 3.00pm: Sydney Shoemaker (Cornell University): Persistence and Properties
    • 4.30pm: Closing Remarks

Sponsored by the Mark L. Shapiro '64 Fund

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Colloquium Lectures

Unless otherwise noted, all lectures are held at 3.30pm, with a reception to follow in the department lounge in Corliss-Brackett. Please note that the location may vary.

  • 24 October 2014: Casey O'Callaghan (Washington University in St. Louis), ""
    In Location TBD
    Reception to follow in Corliss-Brackett lounge, 45 Prospect Street
  • 31 October 2014: Ned Markosian (Western Washington University), ""
    In Location TBD
    Reception to follow in Corliss-Brackett lounge, 45 Prospect Street

Other Events

Department News

Recent Books

Congratulations to Paul Guyer, whose three volume History of Modern Aesthetics has been published by Cambridge University Press, and to Nomy Arpaly, whose book In Praise of Desire, co-written with Timothy Schroeder, has been published by Oxford University Press.

Faculty Position in Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy seeks to make a tenured appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. AOS: Metaphysics or Philosophy of Mind. AOC: Open. This position would begin in the fall of 2015. The position requires undergraduate and graduate teaching, advising of graduate or undergraduate students, and some share in administrative responsibilities.

To be assured of consideration, applications should reach us by November 15, 2014. To apply, provide a CV, the names of five references, and contact information for each reference. (Please do not ask references to send letters at this point.)

Brown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and we encourage applications from women and minorities.

Please apply online at In case problems are encountered at this website, contact the Department Administrator at

Completed Dissertations

Congratulations to Alexandra King, who successfully defended her dissertation Practical Reason and the Limit of Ability in March.

Congratulations also to Nic Bommarito, who successfully defended his dissertation Inner Virtue in February.

Ethical Inquiry

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce the formation of the center for Ethical Inquiry. Its mission is to foster philosophical inquiry into the "good life" in a manner broadly inspired by the form this inquiry assumed in ancient Greek philosophy (paradigmatically in Stoic philosophy).


Inquiries regarding graduate admissions should be directed to the Graduate School and not to the Director of Graduate Studies. The Director of Graduate Studies is responsible only for the Graduate Program, and plays no special role in the admissions processs.

Chair: Bernard Reginster

Director of Graduate Studies: Christopher Hill

Director of Undergraduate Students: Justin Broackes

Mailing address: Box 1918, Brown University, Providence RI 02912
For deliveries: 45 Prospect St, Providence RI 02912