About the Philosophy Department

Faculty Honors and Awards

UC San Diego Philosophy faculty are the recipients of numerous honors and awards.

MacArthur Fellows

  • 1992: Nancy Cartwright, Distinguished Professor
  • 1991: Patricia S. Churchland, Professor Emerita

Endowed Chairs

  • 2014: Lucy Allais, Henry E. Allison Endowed Chair in the History of Philosophy
  • 2012: Richard Arneson, Valtz Family Endowed Chair in Philosophy

Guggenheim Fellows

  • 1985: Henry Allison, Professor Emeritus
  • 1972: Avrum Stroll, deceased
  • 1967: Frederick Olafson, deceased

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows

  • 2006: Monte Johnson, Associate Professor
  • 2002: David Brink, Distinguished Professor
  • 2001: Eric Watkins, Professor
  • 1996: Eric Watkins, Professor
  • 1990: David Brink, Distinguished Professor
  • 1984: Gerald Doppelt, Professor
  • 1974: Gerald Doppelt, Professor

Fulbright / American and British Academies of Arts & Sciences

Fulbright Fellow
  • 1992: Eric Watkins, Professor
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 2015: Patricia S. Churchland, Professor Emerita
  • 2001: Nancy Cartwright, Distinguished Professor
British Academy of Arts & Sciences
  • 2015: Nancy Cartwright, Distinguished Professor

Other Fellowships and Honors

British National Academy of Social Sciences Fellowship

  • 2016: Nancy Cartwright, Distinguished Professor

Humboldt Research Award

  • 2016: Eric Watkins, Professor
National Tsing Hua University Honorary Distinguished Chair
  • 2014: Nancy Cartwright, Distinguished Professor
University of St. Andrews Honorary Degree - Doctor of Letters, honoris causa
  • 2013: Nancy Cartwright, Distinguished Professor
Southern Methodist University Honorary Degree - Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa
  • 2012: Nancy Cartwright, Distinguished Professor
Universita "Ca' Foscari", Venice, Member - Doctorate School in Philosophy
  • 2012: Nancy Cartwright, Distinguished Professor
American Council of Learned Societies
  • 2011: Christian Wuthrich, former Associate Professor
American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2005: William Bechtel, Distinguished Professor
American Philosophical Society
  • 2004: Nancy Cartwright, Distinguished Professor
Ford Foundation Fellows
  • 1990: Michael Hardimon, Associate Professor
  • 1968: Richard Arneson, Distinguished Professor
Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences (A.I.P.S.) Titular Member
  • Nancy Cartwright, Distinguished Professor

Other Grant Awards

European Research Council Advanced Grant award

  • 2015: Nancy Cartwright, Distinguished Professor
UK Arts and Humanities Research Council Awards
  • 2014: Nancy Cartwright, Distinguished Professor
British Academy Research Development Award
  • 2012: Nancy Cartwright, Distinguished Professor
Foundational Questions Insitute (FQXi)
  • 2011: Craig Callender, Professor
National Science Foundation 
  • 2016: Nancy Cartwright, Distinguished Professor
  • 2011: William Bechtel, Distinguished Professor
  • 2003: Nancy Cartwright, Distinguished Professor
Spencer Foundation
  • 2011: Richard Arneson, Distinguished Professor
  • 2008: Nancy Cartwright, Distinguished Professor
Templeton Foundation
  • 2009: Eric Watkins, Professor
  • 2009: Nancy Cartwright, Distinguished Professor

UC and UC San Diego Awards

UCSD Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 2010: Eric Watkins, Professor
  • 2008: Donald Rutherford, Professor
  • 1996: Gerald Doppelt, Professor
UCSD Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Award
  • 2016: Richard Arneson, Distinguished Professor (Research in Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences)
  • 2015: David Brink, Distinguished Professor (Research in Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences)
  • 2010: Samuel Rickless, Professor (Undergraduate Teaching)
  • 2009: Nancy Cartwright, Distinguished Professor (Research in Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences)
  • 2007: Craig Callender, Professor (Graduate Teaching)
  • 1997: Paul Churchland, Professor Emeritus (Teaching)
UCSD Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecturer
  • 2016: David Brink, Distinguished Professor
  • 2008: Donald Rutherford, Professor
  • 1988: Patricia Churchland, Professor Emerita
UCSD Hellman Fellows
  • 2012: Saba Bazargan-Forward, Associate Professor
  • 2009: Clinton Tolley, Associate Professor
  • 2009: Christian Wuthrich, former Associate Professor
  • 2008: Monte Johnson, Associate Professor
  • 2005: Jonathan Cohen, Professor
  • 2003: Dana Nelkin, Professor
  • 2002: Samuel Rickless, Professor
UC Panunzio Distinguished Emeriti Award
  • 1996: Avrum Stroll, deceased
UC President’s Research Fellowship in the Humanities
  • 2010: Christian Wuthrich, former Associate Professor
  • 1997: David Brink, Distinguished Professor

Department Chair
Jonathan Cohen

Chief Administrative Officer
Debra Ambrose

Director of Graduate Studies
Eric Watkins

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Monte Johnson