Ph.D., Harvard Univ. (1970)
B.A., Amherst College (1958)
Professor Brown graduated from Amherst College in 1958 and spent the following year in Paris as a Rotary Fellow. He received a certificat d'etudes superieures from the University of Paris in 1959. In 1970 he received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University. Prior to coming to Trinity he was a lecturer in French at Boston University and a teaching fellow in general education (natural sciences) at Harvard. From January, 1999, to July, 2004, he was Dean of the Faculty at Trinity, the college's chief academic officer. He is now back in the Philosophy Department where he is happy to be.
Using the Socratic method (what else?) at least some of the time, he seeks to entice students to take responsibility for their own educations and learning, and to acquire a love for philosophical reflection and study.
Philosophy, he believes, sometimes has its own projects, but as often as not has application to other pursuits that it can challenge and illuminate, whence his interest in philosophy of science, philosophy of medicine, philosophy of sport, and philosophy of art.