Welcome to the Stony Brook Philosophy Department!


Our program is inspired by the belief that philosophy matters – that philosophy makes a difference in the lives of those who pursue it in teaching, reading, writing, and acting. 

We provide our students with the intellectual resources needed to become critically engaged global citizens with mature cosmopolitan, moral, and political sensibilities. We exercise leadership in our university, the profession, and the discipline by combining our strengths in continental, feminist, and pragmatic philosophy with methodological pluralism and strong resources in aesthetics and the history of philosophy.

In the Stony Brook Philosophy Department, philosophy is more an activity than an artifact, more a collective vocation than a solitary pursuit.


What's Happening at Stony Brook Philosophy


Kyle Whyte Lecture Poster



Robert CreaseProf. Bob Crease is the new chair of the Stony Brook Philosophy Department! Professor Crease has, translated, or edited more than a dozen books on history and philosophy of science, and is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Physics in Perspective, and writes a monthly column, “Critical Point,” for Physics World magazine.
 The World on Edge Book Cover
Prof. Edward Casey's new book, The World on Edge, has just been published! In his latest work, Professor Casey identifies how important edges are to us, not only in terms of how we perceive our world, but in our cognitive, artistic, and sociopolitical attentions to it.
Several members of the Stony Brook Philosophy Stony Brook Phil Dept in Italydepartment, including professors Edward Casey and Bob Crease, and graduate students Philllip Nelson, Wesley Mattingly, Ernesto Blanes-Martinez, Delicia Kamins and Maximilian Hepach participated and presented at the 42nd annual Collegium Phaenomenologicum in historic in Città di Castello, Italy, this summer. In addition to current Stony Brook faculty and students, several of the presenters and participants were former Stony Brook Philosophy faculty and graduates.
Graduate Students Jennifer Carter and James Sares participated in the How to Give Birth to a New Human Being? Workshop with Luce Irigaray in London this summer.
Bernstein Book Cover
Prof. Megan Craig has co-edited Richard J. Bernstein and the Expansion of American Philosophy: Thinking the Plural. Prof. Craig has also co-authored two chapters within the volume. 

Doctoral candidate Eva Boodman's talk "Wrestling with Knowledge and Power on Rikers Island" was featured in the Graduate Fellows for the Humanities Institute Lecture Series this past Spring.

Prof. Jeff Edwards' new book on Kant, Autonomy, Moral Worth, and Rightwill be published by De Gruyter (Berlin / New York) in 2017.

Damion ScottDoctoral student Damion Scott served as a panel chairperson at the American Philosophy Association Eastern Conference (Radical Philosophy Association Sessions) on January 6th in Baltimore, Maryland, and will be presenting his paper "Towards a Modal Realist Understanding of Black Power."

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