About the Department

The Department of Philosophy at Stony Brook University grants B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees to a broad range of students with diverse and varied interests. Committed to a pluralist treatment of philosophical issues, the department encourages interdisciplinary study as well as more traditional approaches to philosophy. Convinced that a knowledge of the history of philosophy is essential to the philosophical enterprise, the department offers intensive courses in ancient, medieval, and modern thought. Other courses address specific philosophical problems in ethics, political theory, epistemology, aesthetics, environmental philosophy, feminism, critical race theory, and philosophy of technology. 

The department at Stony Brook is internationally renowned for its concentration in Continental philosophy, with particular emphasis on contemporary French and German thought. Courses in phenomenology, psychoanalysis, structuralism, postructuralism and postmodernism, and critical theory are held regularly, focusing on such figures as Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Derrida, Kristeva, Freud, Lacan, Irigaray, Levinas, and Habermas. Crucial nineteenth century philosophers such as Hegel and Nietzsche are also treated in depth.  As well, the department offers many international research opportunities to graduate students who wish to pursue the study of Continental philosophy in Europe.

Stony Brook maintains a lively dialogue with Anglo-American philosophy, which is also strongly represented among faculty.  A comparative seminar in a topic of common concern to continental and analytic philosophy is given each year.  Other analytic courses cover computational theory, questions of meaning and metaphor, issues in philosophical psychology, and special problems in philosophical logic. 

Stony Brook's Philosophy Department is a member of the New York Consortium of Graduate Schools, which allows graduate students to take courses for credit at schools in the New York City area, including Rutgers, Princeton, New York University, and Columbia.

 

Upcoming Events

Spring 2016 Colloquia

 

Collegium Workshop: Adam Israel

February 12th
3:00-5:00 pm

 

Faculty/Student Research Colloquium:
Prof. Gabrielle Jackson and Brendan Conuel

February 24th
1:00-3:00 pm

 

Lecture: Katja Vogt

February 25th
4:00 pm

 

Silverman Award Lecture: Harrison Fluss

March 10th
4:30 pm

 

PhD Recruitment Roundtable

March 23rd
2:30 pm

 

Karen Burke Lecture: Sabrina Hom

March 24th

 

Graduate Colloquium: 
Jennifer Carter and Catherine Carol

March 30th
1:00 pm

Lecture: Zhang Ji, Visiting Scholar

April 7th
4:00 pm

 

Faculty/Student Research Colloquium: 
Prof. Jeff Edwards and Soren Whited

April 27th
1:00 pm

 

Bodies and Race Symposium

May 5th and 6th

Department of Philosophy      Harriman Hall 213, Stony Brook, NY 11794     Phone: (631) 632-7570
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