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Bruce Brower
  • Associate Professor Of Philosophy
  • bbrower@tulane.edu
  • Phone: (504) 862-3383
  • 105 Newcomb Hall
    Tulane University
    New Orleans, LA 70118


Bruce Brower (PhD, University of Pittsburgh) is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy. His interests include ethics, social and political philosophy, epistemology, and philosophy of language.  From 2010 to 2021, Professor Brower served as the Chair of the Center for Ethics and Public Affairs Event Committee, running the Center's Faculty Seminar and organizing the Center’s public lectures.

Selected Articles

  • “The Limits of Public Reason,” The Journal of Philosophy 91 (1994), 5-26.
  • “Dispositional Ethical Realism,” Ethics 103 (1993), 221-49.
  • “Virtue Concepts and Ethical Realism,” The Journal of Philosophy 85 (1988), 675-693.

The Murphy Institute

Established in memory of Charles H. Murphy, Sr. (1870-1954), and inspired by the vision of Charles H. Murphy, Jr. (1920-2002), the Murphy Institute exists to help Tulane faculty and students understand economic, moral, and political problems we all face and think about. More important, it exists to help us understand how these problems have come to be so closely interconnected.