Graduate Program

Philosophy admitted its first doctoral students in 2001. As of Fall 2021 there are 19 graduate students in the program. Each year 4-5 new Ph.D. and 1-3 M.A. students will be admitted.

The department’s distinctive profile emerges from its approach to the study of philosophy, including an interest in the history of philosophy as an indispensable background to the main areas of contemporary concern in the discipline.

Among the faculty’s main contemporary interests are those topics commonly pursued in any high-ranking research and teaching program, and particularly those comparable to departments of philosophy at other UC’s: philosophy of science, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, epistemology, aesthetics, philosophy of language, philosophy of religion, ethics and moral psychology.  The faculty’s research and teaching in these areas is informed by leading historical figures, including especially Kant, Aristotle, Hume, Wittgenstein and—again, uniquely for such a small department—leading figures from the Middle Ages and late antiquity, including medieval Islamic figures.

Graduate students are therefore able to take advantage of a wide range of courses in the history of Philosophy, including ancient, early modern, Kant, nineteenth century, and the history of twentith century philosophy (analytic, continenal, and combined).

Inquiries should be directed to:

Paul Roth

Graduate Program Director

paroth@ucsc.edu

James Funk

Graduate Program Advisor and Coordinator

philgradadv@ucsc.edu

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