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The Department of Philosophy

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Pitman Tower, School of Humanities, Rice University   |   Credit: Eric Granquist

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.



Rice mourns Professor Emeritus Baruch Brody, former chair of...

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

A grand reception for Grandy

  The Department of Philosophy honored Richard Grandy for 39 years of service with a... Read more