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.

Attention Potential Applicants for the Fall 2015 Applied Ethics Job (reference: CUNY Job ID 11164)

It has come to our attention that there is some confusion about the status of our job search. For the record, due to financial considerations, this search has been officially “delayed”, which in effect means that the search has been cancelled for this year. Given uncertainties about the budget, we cannot predict when the Department will be allowed to conduct another search. Also, given that the Department’s needs and priorities might change, we cannot guarantee that the next search will be in Applied Ethics. We apologize for the potentially misleading way in which the PhilJobs ad was changed. The administration of our search, including the management of our advertisements, is done by the College’s Office of Human Resources, not by us. I can assure you that no one in our Department intended to deceive, and I assume that the same holds true for our HR department. Many of us are young enough that we still remember how frustrating –indeed, traumatic—the job search can be, and so we again are very sorry for any additional stress that we might have inadvertently caused.

Sincerest regards,
Prof. Andrew W. Arlig, Chair

Writing Tutoring Is Now Available in the Philosophy Department

The Philosophy Department’s Writing Tutor, Nick Fuller, has now set up his tutoring schedule for the Fall 2014 semester. Click here to view Nick's tutoring hours. He can assist students with brainstorming ideas; crafting outlines, thesis statements, transitions; organizing and developing thoughts for students' papers. He can help students with every step of the writing process from line editing to putting the paper in MLA or APA format. You can either stop by during Nick's office hours or email him to schedule an appointment. We encourage students to take advantage of Nick's tutoring throughout the semester.

Phil 2101 Tutoring is Now Available in the Learning Center

The Learning Center (1300 Boylan Hall) offers a tutor for Phil 2101: Introduction to the Problems of Philosophy. Michael Perrin will be serving as the Phil 2101 tutor for the Fall 2014 semester. The tutor can assist students with their class readings and assignments. Click here to view Michael's tutoring hours in the Learning Center. If you are a Phil 2101 student who is having difficulty understanding any of the concepts being taught, wishes to clarify or gain a better understanding of reading selections, or seeks advice on how to improve your assignments, we encourage you to take advantage of Michael's tutoring throughout the semester.

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).

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

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

What's New?

Spring 2015: Registration Has Begun and Course Descriptions Are Now Available!

As Spring 2015 registration is now underway, we have compiled a packet of course descriptions written by instructors teaching those courses. We hope these descriptions will help you make informed decisions as you plan your Spring schedule. If you run into any issues registering for a Philosophy class, feel free to contact us.

Please view the Spring 2015 Course Descriptions page for more information.

Fall 2014: Faculty Contact Information and Office Hours

To view instructors' contact information (email/phone/room) and office hours, please see the Faculty (Complete Listing) page.


Contact Information

Department Chairperson: Arlig, Andrew

Location: 3308 Boylan Hall
Phone: 718.951.5311
Fax: 718.951.4675