About the Philosophy Department

A Message from the Chair

Jonathan Cohen

We are at an exciting point in the Department of Philosophy’s evolution, with many new and cutting-edge ventures: the Weil Family donation to the Summer Program for Women in Philosophy, the establishment of a new Bioethics minor, and a fund-raising campaign towards an Institute for Practical Ethics, to name a few. 

Since its founding in 1963, the UC San Diego Department of Philosophy has grown to become an internationally ranked department, committed to the highest standards of teaching and research. We offer 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 scienceethics and political philosophy, philosophy of mind and languagehistory of philosophy, and epistemology and metaphysics. They are skilled and dedicated professors who have won many university-wide and external teaching and research awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship.

The department strongly advocates interdisciplinary work, which graduate students can pursue through joint doctoral studies in the Science Studies Program and in the Department of Cognitive Science. We have close ties to many other departments and programs on campus including history, classical studies, psychology, political science, the Division of Biological Sciences and the School of Medicine. Graduates of our Ph.D. program are successfully placed in top departments across the country and abroad.

We invite you to engage with the Department of Philosophy as we continue to evolve in innovative and exciting ways.

-Jonathan Cohen, Professor and Department Chair

Department Chair
Jonathan Cohen

Chief Administrative Officer
Debra Ambrose

Director of Graduate Studies
Eric Watkins

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Monte Johnson