The UCSB Ethics Bowl team of Jaze Wharton, Varun Iyer, Sofia Lyon, Katie Stamm-Kirk, and Shay Guerrero won California Regional Ethics Bowl Competition against Stanford. (You can watch here.) Congraulations!

Congrats to David Mokriski! His paper "Conciliatory Metaontology, Permissive Ontology, and Nature's Joints" has been accepted for publication in Synthese. In addition, his paper "The Methodological Implications of Reference Magnetism on Moral Twin Earth" has been accepted for publication in Metaphilosophy.

Congrats to Jeff Bagwell!  His paper "Eliminativism and Evolutionary Debunking" has been accepted for publication in Ergo.

Sherri Lynn Conklin received Post Doc funding to conduct research on her project titled "Defining Dilemmas for Diversity" as a participant in the Fall 2020 UCHRI Residential Research Group on "Disciplining Diversity." Read more here. Congratulations!

We are delighted to announce that Elinor Mason, currently senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, will be moving to the UCSB Department of Philosophy in Fall 2020, where she will be a full professor. 

Mason is the author of Ways to be Blameworthy: Rightness, Wrongness, and Responsibility (Oxford University Press, 2019) and is known for her work on a variety of subjects in moral philosophy. You can learn more about her research here and here. We are very excited to welcome her!

His paper "The Two Forms of Doxastic Normativity in Hume's Treatise" has been accepted for publication in Hume Studies.

Recurring Events

  • Meeting — Ethics Bowl on Thursday in the Philosophy Department Common Room at 7-9 PM
  • Meeting — The MAP undergraduate reading group will meet in the Winter '20 quarter.
  • The Sage Center for the Study of the Mind also has regular talks from fellows, as well as a special guest lecture series throughout the academic year.
  • Reading Groups — Faculty and Graduate Student led reading groups are regularly offered.


Japa Pallikkathayil (Pittsburgh) will deliver a talk to the department on May 7th at 4:00PM

  1. May 7, 2021 - 4:00pm

Gábor Betegh (Cambridge) will deliver a talk to the department on April 23 at 9:00AM. (Please...

  1. April 23, 2021 - 9:00am

Asya Passinsky (UNC) will deliver a talk titled "Norm and Object: A Normative Hylomorphic Theory...

  1. February 26, 2021 - 4:00pm

Title: "The Question of Logic".


  1. January 14, 2021 - 5:00pm



  1. November 13, 2020 - 4:00pm