Department of Philosophy
314 Moses Hall #2390
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-2390

Phone: 510-642-2722
Fax: 510-642-4164


High rankings for our graduate program

A study sponsored by the American Philosophical Association, “Academic Placement Data and Analysis,” analyses academic placement records, graduate student satisfaction, and various other data for philosophy PhD programs in English-speaking countries. It recently issued its 2017 report, and we’re delighted that the report ranks us as number one both for graduate student satisfaction, and – by a wide margin – for placement of our graduates in tenure-track positions at PhD-granting institutions. For a convenient summary of the results, see here.

Asad Q. Ahmed joins our affiliated faculty

We’re delighted to announce that Asad Q. Ahmed (Near Eastern Studies) is now a member of our affiliated faculty. For a brief bio and a link to more information, see here.

Bequest to support philosophy undergraduates

We’re delighted to announce a generous bequest from David Johnston to support undergraduates at Berkeley studying philosophy. Johnston, who died at age 81 in February 2016, received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Berkeley and went on to become a professor at Orange Coast College. The bequest, in the amount of $1.6m, will be administered by Berkeley’s Financial Aid office, and will offer scholarships of $10,000 to financially eligible students who are either majoring in philosophy or taking two or more philosophy classes at Berkeley. It honors the memory of M.F. Johnston and Marvel Monia Johnston.