Department of Philosophy

Since its founding in 1963, the UCSD Philosophy Department has grown to become a nationally ranked department, offering excellent instruction and supervision at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Faculty have a broad range of research interests, with special concentrations in the philosophy of science, ethics and political philosophy, history of philosophy, and epistemology and metaphysics.

The department is strongly committed to interdisciplinary work in philosophy, which graduate students can pursue through joint doctoral studies in the Science Studies Program and in the Department of Cognitive Science. The department has close ties to many other departments and programs on campus including History, Classical Studies, Psychology, Political Science, and the Division of Biological Sciences. Graduates of our Ph.D. program have been successfully placed in top departments across the country and abroad.

Philosophy faculty have demonstrated their skill and dedication as teachers by winning many university-wide teaching awards. Among our current faculty are a MacArthur Fellow and recipients of numerous competitive research fellowships.

2014 New Faculty The department is thrilled to announce the appointments of two new faculty:

  • Lucy Allais appointed inaugural Henry E. Allison Endowed Chair in the History of Philosophy 
    Professor Allais is a distinguished scholar in the history of philosophy as well as applied ethics. She joins us from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, in March 2015. 
  • Kerry McKenzie is an expert in metaphysics and philosophy of science and joins us from the University of Western Ontario in Fall 2014.



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