Welcome to the UCSB Department of Philosophy

The study of philosophy at UCSB encompasses both the cutting edge of current philosophical research and the rich history of philosophy. The department offers a B.A. program and a Ph.D. program. Our undergraduate program provides training in the kind of disciplined and rigorous argument that characterizes serious philosophical reflection, and which makes a Philosophy degree an excellent preparation for a wide variety of professional careers and for graduate work across the humanities and social sciences. Our graduate program prepares students for successful professional careers in philosophy.


Congratulations to the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl debate team for placing second in the California Regional Competition (with twenty-four teams competing) and advancing to the National Finals this spring -- the fourth consecutive year that the UCSB team has made it to the national playoffs! Well done, UCSB!

We are delighted to announce that Amanda Greene, a well-known specialist in Political Philosophy currently on the faculty at University College London, will join our department as a tenured Associate Professor in Fall 2022. 

We are very excited to welcome her!

Juliana Lima (PhD, UCSB 2018) just started a tenure track job at Azim Premji University. Congratulations!