Faculty and Staff

Program Faculty

peter epstein
Peter Epstein
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Mandel Center for the Humanities 109

Expertise: Philosophy of mind, epistemology and philosophy of science. Personal website.

robert greenberg
Robert Greenberg
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

Expertise: Metaphysics, history of philosophy, Kant.

eli hirsch
Eli Hirsch
Charles Goldman Professor of Philosophy
Undergraduate Adviser, Philosophy
781-736-2785 Rabb Graduate Center 331
Office Hours: F, 2:30 -- 4:30 p.m. via Zoom (email for appointment)

Expertise: Metaphysics, epistemology, medical ethics. Personal website

philosophy chair kathleen moran
Kathleen A. Moran
Associate Professor of Philosophy
781-736-2695 Mandel Center for the Humanities 111
Office Hours: On leave fall 2020 and spring 2021

Expertise: Immanuel Kant, moral philosophy, history of philosophy. Personal website

jerry samet
Jerry Samet
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Acting Chair, Fall 2020
781-736-2783 Rabb Graduate Center 305
Office Hours: M,W 2:00 -- 3:00pm; email to request appointment.

Expertise: Philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, cognitive science, history of philosophy, philosophy of science.

umrao sethi, assistant professor
Umrao Sethi
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Director of Graduate Studies, Philosophy
781 736-2794 Mandel Center for the Humanities 112
Office Hours: W 9:30am to 11:00am

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Expertise: Philosophy of mind, metaphysics, early modern philosophy, metaphysics of perceptual experience and the nature of sensible qualities.

marion smiley
Marion Smiley
J.P. Morgan Chase Professor of Ethics
Honors Adviser, Philosophy
781-736-2792 Mandel Center for the Humanities 110
Office Hours: Email to request appointment.

Expertise: Moral, social and political philosophy.

eyal tal, visiting assistant professor of philosophy
Eyal Tal
Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Rabb Graduate Center 330

Expertise: Epistemology and Normativity. Personal website

andreas teuber
Andreas Teuber
Associate Professor of Philosophy
781-736-2787 Rabb Graduate Center 306
Office Hours: Email to request appointment.

Expertise: Political philosophy, moral philosophy, aesthetics, modern social theory, history of political thought, John Stuart Mill. Personal website

palle yourgrau
Palle Yourgrau
Harry A. Wolfson Professor of Philosophy
781-736-2782 Rabb Graduate Center 332
Office Hours: On leave fall 2020

Expertise: Philosophy of language, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of time, ancient Greek philosophy.

Affiliated Faculty

Course Assistants

Sharon Fray-Witzer
Course Assistant for PHIL 113b (Aesthetics)
Office Hours: Wednesday, 6-7 p.m. (email for appointment)
Zachary Herzog
Course Assistant for PHIL 131a (Philosophy of Mind)
Office Hours: Wednesday, 1-2:30 p.m. (email for appointment)
Douglas Smith
Course Assistant for PHIL 126a (What Does It Mean To Be a Global Citizen?)
Office Hours: Email for appointment


julie seeger
Julie Seeger
Academic Administrator
781-736-2789 Rabb Graduate Center 303

Julie Seeger has served since 2004 as academic administrator for the philosophy department. Prior to joining Brandeis, she worked as a project manager at two computer software firms, Banta Integrated Media and Electronic Press Services Group.

Seeger is a graduate of Union College and holds a master's in philosophy from SUNY Binghamton. In 2010, she received the Lou Ennis Staff Award, presented annually to an administrator who demonstrates loyalty and dedication to the university and goes above and beyond the requirements of the job.