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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.



Houston High School Ethics Bowl to be held February 2, 2019

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

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