Department of Philosophy - Carnegie Mellon University

Welcome to the Department of Philosophy

Founded in 1985, the Department of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon stands among the best in the world in the following areas:

  • Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
  • Philosophy of Science and Methodology
  • Rational Choice and Decision Theory
  • Formal Epistemology
  • Causation
  • Foundations of Cognitive Psychology
  • Applied Ethics
  • Linguistics/Language

Our vision of philosophy is interdisciplinary, rigorous, applied and relevant. We do research on the foundations of science, computation, mathematics, rationality, causation, cognitive science, and other disciplines. We publish in philosophy, mathematics, computer science, biology, medicine, neuroscience, statistics, social science, educational research, linguistics, and other disciplines. Our faculty serve on National Academies of Science committees, work with the WHO, the CDC, the NSA, and NASA, and do work directly in the community via deliberative democracy. Our close connections to several other disciplines at Carnegie Mellon and our proximity to the University of Pittsburgh make for the most exciting venue for interdisciplinary philosophical work in the world today.

The department offices, labs, and seminar rooms are located in Baker and Doherty Halls, just across from the green expanse of Schenley Park.

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upcoming events

November 30

James Owen Weatherall
On Stuff: The Field Concept in Classical and Quantum Physics
Talk: 3:30p-5:15p, DH 1212, Reception: 5:15p-6:00p, DH 4301

December 5

"Differentiating Contents" CFE/Linguistics Workshop