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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 the recipients of numerous competitive research fellowships.


  • Gale Vigliotti remembered.
  • Pionering Neurophilosopher [Patricia Churchland] is used to touching a nerve.
  • We’re delighted to announce the hiring of Professor Kerry McKenzie. An expert in metaphysics and philosophy of science, Kerry will be joining us in Fall 2014.
  • UCSD Philosophy delighted to announce its inaugural Summer Program for Women in Philosophy, which will be held at UCSD from July 28 to August 8, 2014. For more details and applications, see the website.
  • Craig Callender to be interviewed in Subject Matters, a public Q&A following the April 5, 2014 showing of Time and the Conways, Old Globe Theater (San Diego).
  • Cartwright honored at St. Andrews as one of the ‘best minds of our generation'
  • Bill Bechtel appointed Interim Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science
  • Clinton Tolley's paper, “The Generality of Kant's Transcendental Logic”, selected as one of the 10 Best Papers of 2012 by the Philosopher's Annual
  • Craig Callender's talk "Falling Through Time" appears this week on television in Australia
  • Jonathan Cohen Interviewed by Huffpost; "Can They Get a Search Warrant For Your Thoughts"


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