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Congratulations to our grad student Patrick Norton, who recently won a GSA Excellence in Teaching Award! Only a handful of these are given out campus-wide each year, so this is a big honor. The award recognizes graduate students who have shown excellence and gone above and beyond as teachers at UC Santa Barbara.

The department is pleased to announce the third round of awards to Philosophy graduate students from the fund established in honor of former UCSB philosophy professor Herb Fingarette by a generous gift from his daughter Ms. Ann Hasse. PhD Students Jon Charry, Katherina Gontaryuk, and Tiffani Thomason all received awards to present their work at, respectively, meetings of the Canadian Philosophical Association, the International Social Ontology Society, and the Society for Philosophy & Psychology. We are very grateful to Anne Hasse for her support and guidance. The next round for applications will be in the Fall 2024 quarter and we anticipate to be able to offer a second round of funding during first half of 2025.

The Philosophy Department is proud to report that Maya Rupert, one of our former majors (BA 2003), was keynote speaker at this year’s UCSB Women in Business luncheon. Click for more details.

Professor Tsouna will be delivering a lecture series on Plato's Republic at the Ecole Normale...

Congratulations to Katherina Gontaryuk for successfully defending her paper "A Response to the Reductive Materialist Account of People and Places". Passing the Qualifying Paper is the last hurdle in our graduate program before advancing to candidacy.

The department is pleased to announce the second round of awards from the fund established in honor of former UCSB philosophy professor Herb Fingarette by a generous gift from his daughter Ms. Ann Hasse. Surraiya Baloch and Rick Lamb received awards to present their work at conferences at Duke University and Marquette University respectively, and Katherina Gontaryuk received an award for travel to a workshop at Rutgers University. Due to the generosity of the donors, the committee was also able to supplement the first-round awards to Kerang Gao and Daehwi Jeong for their travel to present papers at the American Philosophical Association meetings.

Congratulations to Jon Charry, who has received a Humanities & Social Sciences Research Grant! The grant will support Charry's project examining Sophie Germain's views on the unity of the sciences and the humanities, which he will be conducting in Paris this coming summer.

April 11th is UCSB's Give Day! Consider making a donation to support the philosophy department here.

Our team came in second place and is the National Runner Up for the 2024 Association for Practical and Professional Ethics Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. In a competition that included 36 teams (among them Stanford and Yale), UCSB’s team came in second only to UNC. 

Congratulations to Sherri Conklin for her tenure track position at Washington State University!