Philosophy

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

Undergraduate

The Philosophy Department offers a major and minor in philosophy, as well as a minor in logic. Qualified majors in philosophy have the further option of entering the honors program. Details on the requirements for a major in philosophyminor in philosophyminor in logic, and honors in philosophy.

Graduate

The graduate program in philosophy at Berkeley offers a first-rate faculty, a stimulating and friendly community of graduate students, and the resources of one of the world's finest research universities.

Two features distinguish our profile from that of other leading graduate programs in philosophy:

  • The department has strengths in all the main areas of philosophy, including epistemology, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, philosophy of language, logic, ethics, the history of philosophy, and philosophy of science. We aim at diversity and breadth of coverage, rather than concentration on one or two areas of philosophical activity.

  • Second, the program at Berkeley is structured to give students a high degree of independence in tailoring their studies to their interests.

Undergraduate Programs

Philosophy: BA, Minor
Logic: Minor

Graduate Program

Philosophy: PhD

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Courses

Philosophy

Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

Lara Buchak, Associate Professor. Game theory, decision theory, epistemology, philosophy of religion.
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John Joseph Campbell, Professor. Theory of meaning; philosophy of mind; causation in psychology.
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Timothy Clarke, Assistant Professor.

Joshua Cohen, Distinguished Senior Fellow. Political philosophy, democratic theory, freedom of expression, religious freedom, political equality, global justice.

Timothy D. Crockett, Lecturer. 17th and 18th century philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology.

Shamik Dasgupta, Associate Professor. Metaphysics, philosophy of science, epistemology, ethics.

Hannah Ginsborg, Professor. Kant, Wittgenstein, rule-following, normativity of meaning and content.
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Wesley H. Holliday, Associate Professor. Philosophy, logic.
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Katharina Kaiser, Lecturer. History of philosophy, aesthetics, literary modernism, art.

Niko Kolodny, Professor.

Geoffrey Lee, Associate Professor.

John MacFarlane, Professor. Ancient philosophy, philosophical logic, philosophy of language, epistemology.
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Paolo Mancosu, Professor. Philosophy, philosophy of mathematics and its history, philosophy of logic, mathematical logic.
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Michael Gerard Fitzgerald Martin, Adjunct Professor.

Veronique Munoz-Darde, Adjunct Professor. Moral philosophy, Rousseau, political philosophy.
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Alva Noe, Professor. Cognitive science, phenomenology, consciousness, philosophy, theory of perception, theory of art, Wittgenstein, analytic philosophy origins.
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Kristin Primus, Assistant Professor. Early modern philosophy.

Kwong-loi Shun, Professor, Recalled. Chinese philosophy and moral psychology.

Hans Sluga, Professor. Political philosophy, recent European philosophy, history of analytic philosophy, Frege, Wittgenstein, Foucault.
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Barry Stroud, Professor, Recalled. Language, metaphysics, philosophy, epistemology, modern philosophy.
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R. Jay Wallace, Professor. Ethics, moral philosophy, philosophy.
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Daniel Warren, Associate Professor. Philosophy, Kant, history and philosophy of science.
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Seth Yalcin, Associate Professor. Philosophy of language, logic, philosophy of mind, cognitive science, semantics, metaphysics.
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Emeritus Faculty

Janet S. Broughton, Professor Emeritus. Descartes, Hume, 17th and 18th century philosophy.
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Charles S. Chihara, Professor Emeritus.

Alan D. Code, Professor Emeritus.

+ John R. Searle, Professor Emeritus. Philosophy, problems of mind and language.
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Bruce J. Vermazen, Professor Emeritus. American popular music 1900-1920.
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Contact Information

Department of Philosophy

314 Moses Hall

Phone: 510-642-2722

Fax: 510-642-4164

phildept@berkeley.edu

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Department Chair

Hannah Ginsborg, PhD

302 Moses Hall

Phone: 510-664-9077

ginsborg@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer

Janet Groome

314 Moses Hall

Phone: 510-642-2722

jmgroome@berkeley.edu

Graduate Student Affairs Officer

Karen Twelves

314 Moses Hall

Phone: 510-642-2722

gradphil-advisor@berkeley.edu

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