Philosophy

Find the meaning of life at Brooklyn College. 

You constantly ponder life's greatest questions: What is our place in the universe? How does one determine good versus bad? Where did it all begin, and what is reality anyway? The Department of Philosophy can give you the tools to try to sort it all out. You will improve your reasoning, analytic and judgment skills, and you'll enhance your ability to develop and defend positions. Your philosophy courses will do more than just help you understand what it's all about; they'll prepare you for a wide range of careers — in law, business, finance, management and technology — by cultivating your abilities to think critically and creatively about complex problems, and to express yourself with confidence and clarity.

Who is Teaching Our Courses?

To find out who is teaching our courses as well as other relevant course details, please view the Course Information page located under the "Current and Recent Course Offerings" tab.

Need Help Writing Your Paper?

The Philosophy Writing Tutor is available to help you develop your writing skills and revise your essay assignments. The writing tutor can assist you with grammar, syntax, spelling, outlining, organization, structure, thesis statement development, proper citation, reference, proofreading, revision, annotation, note-taking, active reading and research skills. Please make sure to bring with a copy of your essay and any feedback provided by your professor.

Mark Sitko, the writing tutor, will be present in the Philosophy Department (3308 Boylan Hall) on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 to 5pm and on Tuesdays from 9am to 1pm. Email Mark to make an appointment or you can walk in during those scheduled hours. For more information, please view the handout.

Sprague & Taylor Annual Lecture:
Philosophizing about Sex: A Sampler

The Philosophy Dept. will be hosting its annual Sprague & Taylor Lecture on Thursday, May 8, 2014. The event will begin at 2:15pm in the Bedford Lounge, which is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center. Professor Ronald de Sousa (University of Toronto) will be speaking on "Philosophizing about Sex: A Sampler".

The word 'sex' designates two large areas of concern: sex as dimorphism and erotic sex. Philosophers' first concern is with definition and analysis: what actually are sex and gender, and what precisely is erotic sex? In this talk, I'll give two examples: one concerns sexual dimorphism; the second concerns the relation between what is “natural” and what is generally considered “normal” or even “moral” in matters of erotic sex. Both have important consequences for socio-psychological issues that have aroused powerful political passions.

Click here to view the event flier.

Open House for Advising

On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, from 12:15 to 2:00pm in 3308 Boylan, the Philosophy Department will be hosting its Open House for Advising for the Fall 2014 semester. Meet with faculty and departmental advisers. Find out information about our Fall 2014 course offerings. For more information, please view the flyer.

The Sheila and Wilbur Liebson Ethics Colloquium:
Happiness & Morality - Is There A Connection?

The Philosophy Department will be hosting the Sheila and Wilbur Liebson Ethics Colloquium: Happiness & Morality - Is There A Connection? on Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 12:15 to 2:00pm in Room 3308 Boylan Hall. A discussion of some themes from Professor Christine Vitrano's book, The Nature and Value of Happiness, will take place. For more information, please view the flier.

What's New?

Fall 2014 Registration

To help you decide what courses to enroll in for Fall 2014, we have compiled a list of course descriptions provided by the professors who will be teaching these classes. We hope that this will give you more insight into what will be taught in those classes. If you have further questions about a specific course, we encourage you to contact the instructor directly.

You can also find hard copies of course descriptions on a table situated outside our department (3308 Boylan).

Click here to view the complete packet of Fall 2014 course descriptions.

Summer 2014 Course Information

To find out who is teaching which courses for Summer Sessions I and II, course codes, room locations, and other relevant course details, please view the Course Information page.

Spring 2014 Faculty Office Hours

Faculty office hours for this semester have now been posted on the Faculty (Complete Listing) page.

We encourage you to take advantage of instructors' office hours to get additional help, clarify material, or to bring up any other issues of concern that your given instructor can assist you with.

Spring 2014 Faculty Email Addresses

Should you need to contact your instructor via email, please go to our Contact Us page and view the PDF listing each teacher's email address.

Spring 2014 Course Information

To find out who is teaching which courses this semester, room locations, and other relevant course details, please view the Course Information page.

Spring 2014 Registration

To help you decide what courses to enroll in for Spring 2014, we have compiled a list of course descriptions provided by the professors who will be teaching these classes. We hope that this will give you more insight into what will be taught in those classes. If you have further questions about a specific course, we encourage you to contact the instructor directly.

You can find hard copies of course descriptions on a table situated outside our department (3308 Boylan). Electronic versions of these descriptions can be viewed on the Spring 2014 Course Descriptions page. 

CORC 1210 is Now PHIL 2101

Looking to register for CORC 1210? It has been renamed: it is now PHIL 2101. There are many sections with open seats. Call the department if you have any questions.

Major and Minor Checklists

To help track your progress towards completing your major and/or minor, you can download a checklist from our website by going to the Checklists for Majors & Minors page (under the Advising tab).

General Advice About Applying to Philosophy M.A. and Ph.D. Programs

Please view our Graduate School Information page (under the Advising tab).


Contact Information

Department Chairperson: Trivedi, Saam
Deputy Chair: Andrew Arlig

Location: 3308 Boylan Hall
Phone: 718.951.5311
Fax: 718.951.4675