Welcome¬†We are committed to excellence in research and teaching. Among our research strengths are ethics (especially applied ethics), social and political philosophy, and core analytic areas (especially of mind).¬† Our teaching is intended to prepare doctoral students for careers, and to provide both undergraduate majors and students from other disciplines philosophical knowledge and skills.
Every February, the Rice Philosophy Department hosts a regional competition, the Houston High School Ethics Bowl (HHSEB).¬†Teams of students from area high schools compete in an argument-based analysis of ethical case studies that emphasizes dialogue and civility among participants. Rice faculty... Read more
Born and raised in New York City, Brody earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brooklyn College and studied at Oxford University as a Fulbright Fellow prior to obtaining a doctorate in philosophy from Princeton University. He served on the Rice faculty from 1975 to 2018, when he became professor... Read more