Brown University ~ Department of Philosophy

Welcome to the Department of Philosophy, at Brown University.

Upcoming Events

The 2014 New England Colloquium in Early Modern Philosophy (NECEMP) will be hosted this year by the Brown University Department of Philosophy, from May 9th to May 11th. It will be held in the Petteruti Lounge of the Stephen Roberts Campus Center. Speakers include Ruth Boeker, Jason Fisette, Michael Friedman, Samuel Fleischacker, John Grey, Jeffrey McDonough, Yitzhak Melamed, Andreea Mihali, Elizabeth Robinson Oded Schechter, George Smith, Marius Stan, and Joshua Wood. The program is available online.

Department News

Recent Books

Congratulations to Paul Guyer, whose three volume has bene 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.

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.

We've Moved!

The Philosophy Department has moved! We are now located in Corliss-Brackett House, which is at the corner of Angell Street and Prospect Street. The house, which is on the US National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1875 by the inventor George Henry Corliss. It was previously the Admissions Office.

Come find us in our new home!

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