The Philosophy Department at UC Riverside is a nationally ranked program with a genuinely pluralistic emphasis. We have strengths in specific areas of analytic philosophy, 19th and 20th century European philosophy, and the history of philosophy (especially eighteenth and nineteenth century).
For the last several years we have been ranked near the top worldwide in Agency Theory (or Philosophy of Action) and in 19th/20th Century Continental Philosophy, and we have strengths in Kant, the philosophy of mind and language, epistemology, the history of analytic philosophy, moral theory, legal theory and philosophy of religion. There is a large amount of interchange among the different areas of strength in the Department and most faculty work in multiple areas.
Ours is a program where students can study both contemporary analytic and contemporary European philosophy, where there is a strong presence in the history of philosophy, and where no rigid barriers between these different areas of philosophy exist.
We have been quite successful in placing our Ph.D. students, and prospective students are invited to review our Placement Record, linked below.
- Program Requirements
- Applying to the Program
- Placement Record
- Graduate Seminars
- Student Life
If you have questions concerning application to our Ph.D. program, please contact Michael Nelson, who serves as the Director of Graduate Admissions for the department.
Andrew Reath is the Graduate Faculty Advisor in the department. Any general inquiries about our programs should be sent to him.