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Welcome to the Philosophy Department at Rice University

Plato & AristotleWe are committed to excellence in research and teaching.

Among our research strengths are ethics (especially applied ethics), social and political philosophy, the history of philosophy and core analytic areas (especially philosophy of mind).

Our teaching is intended to prepare doctoral students for careers, and to provide both undergraduate majors and students from other disciplines with philosophical knowledge and skills.

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If you have questions that are not answered on this website, you can contact us here.

Faculty Spotlights

mcculloughLaurence McCullough. Ethics and aging, ethics in obstetrics and gynecology, ethics in pediatrics, ethics in the management of health care institutions, ethics of human subjects research, the history of medical ethics and the philosophy of Leibniz. Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin (1975) mccullou.at.bcm.tmc.edu

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Student Spotlights

Carolyn BraneckyCarolyn Branecky, winner of a 2011 Tsanoff essay prize, the 2012-13 Kolenda Scholarship and the 2013 James Street Fulton Prize for Excellence in Philosophy.  Carolyn will be in the Ph.D. program in UCSD Earth Sciences Department, following her second major. More »