The Department of Philosophy here at Rice University offers both a B.A. and a Ph.D. in Philosophy. The department has particular strengths in the philosophy of mind (consciousness and its relation to the physical world, phenomenology, the significance of neuroscience for philosophical theorizing . . .) and in moral and political philosophy (justice, responsibility, the institution of marriage, the nature of achievement . . .), and other strengths and interests as broad as philosophy itself.

Department Administration Contacts

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Timothy Schroeder

Professor of Philosophy, Department Chair


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Marcie Newton

Department Administrator


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Diana Heard

Department Coordinator

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Lydia Westbrook

Graduate Program Administrator


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Charles Siewert

Robert & Kathryn Hayes Chair in Humanities, Professor of Philosophy, Director of Undergraduate Studies


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Gwen Bradford

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Director of Graduate Studies