The faculty of the Philosophy Department are dedicated to
cutting-edge research, innovative teaching, and close attention to
the achievement of our students. Explore this website to learn more
about the opportunities we offer for both undergraduate and
advanced graduate education.
LEADERS IN THE FIELD
Faculty of the Philosophy Department include well-published
scholars in most of the major areas of the field, and our books and
articles have had a significant impact in contemporary debates. For
information about the external grants that support some of our
Students will explore both historical and contemporary
philosophical issues while developing the skills of expression and
analysis that are indispensable for critical thinking. Studies at
UB are supported by a large library of both print and web
The Philosophy Department sponsors regular colloquia and lecture
series, bringing in speakers from all over the country. Within the
Department, there are several active discussion groups that involve
both faculty and students.
MOVING INTO THE FUTURE
The Philosophy Department has a long and distinguished history
of pluralistic approaches to the discipline. Our current faculty
include scholars whose research is at the forefront of advances in
The Philosophy Department at UB has a faculty with expertise
across broad areas of the discipline. We have a large PhD program,
and we also offer an MA with several specialized concentration
options. Undergraduates may pursue either a major or a minor, and
joint or double majors with other disciplines are also
encouraged. We maintain an active colloquium series and
usually hold one or two conferences each year.
Aesthetics concerns the philosophy of perception and responses to works of art and nature. Study of emotional responses to art connects aesthetics to epistemology and ethics, and questions about the status of cultural artifacts join aesthetics with metaphysics.
Epistemology concerns theories of knowledge, including examination of perception and reasoning. Epistemology bridges metaphysics–insofar as it posits theories of how reality comes to be known, and philosophy of mind, inasmuch as knowledge engages mental faculties.
The Department of Philosophy notes with sorrow the passing of
our colleague, Newton Garver. Wittgenstein scholar, philosopher of
language, and peace activist, Newton was a major presence in the
University during his long tenure here.