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Addressing theoretical and practical issues

Undergraduate Program
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Asking questions, seeking answers

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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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Congratulations to the most recent Astronaut Scholar from the University of Rochester!

Lilli Tamm ’25, is one of 71 scholars chosen as a 2024 Astronaunt Scholar from 48 US universities. In addition to high academic achievement, competitive applicants demonstrate passion and talent for scientific work along with a strong commitment to pursue research or technological advancements in their field following graduation. Tamm is a biochemistry (BS) and philosophy (BA) major, and has been an undergraduate research assistant since 2022 in the Hayes Lab and was a Humanities Center Meliora Scholar for 2022–23. 

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Exploring the ethical dilemmas of emergency care on the front lines

Rachel Whitmoyer ’24, a double major in physics and philosophy, brings her work as an emergency medical technician to bear on her studies at Rochester.

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Richard Feldman Retirement

Join us Saturday, April 27 at 5 p.m. in the Feldman Ballroom to wish Rich a happy retirement.

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Event highlight

12th Biennial Graduate Epistemology Conference

The Biennial Graduate Epistemology Conference will take place Friday and Saturday, October 4-5, 2024. Details for the conference will be posted as they become available.

Department Newsletter

The 2024 Department of Philosophy newsletter PDF is now available online. Our archived newsletters can be found under News and Events.

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Rochester’s college-in-prison program becomes western New York’s prison education hub

The Mellon Foundation has renewed its support for the Rochester Education Justice Initiative with an additional three-year, $1 million grant.

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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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