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.

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upcoming events

February 23

Department of Philosophy and the ULS Colloquium

Eugenia Cheng
How to Bake PI:
Mathematics Made Tasty

Porter Hall 100
Gregg Hall Auditorium

February 27

Program for Deliberative Democracy and the Center for Ethics and Policy Colloquium

Alexander Heffner
The Future of Civil Discourse
Porter Hall 100
Gregg Hall Auditorium


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