Welcome to the Department of Philosophy - New Brunswick

67f0cb47 0370 492c 9415 224f4304c3aeInspired by Socrates' insight that the unexamined life is not worth living, philosophy seeks answers to fundamental questions such as: What is ultimately real? What is the nature and extent of our knowledge? What is the source and nature of our moral obligations? What form of government is the best? Is beauty only in the eye of the beholder? Our undergraduate program is designed to aid students in examining these questions, and in developing and defending their own answers in the arena of reasoned controversy.Our majors advance to graduate study in many fields in addition to philosophy: law, medicine, business, education, journalism, and the sciences. Our graduate program prepares students for distinguished professional careers in philosophy, and has been consistently ranked among the top two programs nationally. Philosophy both requires and fosters norms of civil, inclusive discourse. For more on our department's commitment to those norms, see here.

Upcoming Events

Thu, Feb 3, 2022 3:00 pm-05:00 pm
Philosophy Faculty Meeting
Wed, Feb 23, 2022 8:00 am-11:00 pm
2022 APA Central Division Meeting
Thu, Feb 24, 2022 8:00 am-11:00 pm
2022 APA Central Division Meeting
Fri, Feb 25, 2022 8:00 am-11:00 pm
2022 APA Central Division Meeting

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New & Noteworthy

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    Laurent Stern was a member of the Rutgers faculty for more than 30 years.  Professor Stern began at Rutgers College, and helped unify the scattered departments of the various colleges into the unified department we have today.  His scholarship on...
  • Rutgers Junior Second Beinecke Scholar in School History

    Triple major Nate Serio to pursue PhD in philosophy, linguistics and cognitive science Nate Serio arrived at Rutgers three years ago with lofty goals: publish a paper as an undergrad, graduate summa cum laude and earn a scholarship to help him...
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  • Howard McGary Presented 2019 Clement A. Price Human Dignity Award

    We're happy to announce that Howard McGary, Professor of Philosophy, received a 2019 Clement A. Price Human Dignity Award for outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion through his work with the annual Summer Institute for Diversity in...