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Message from the Chair

Humanities Instructional Building

Annalisa ColivaIt is with great joy and excitement that I write this first message as Chair of the Department of Philosophy; a Department with a bright past, which is determined to have an even brighter future.

We have exciting plans for our undergraduate students: we are developing two new tracks that complement our traditional Philosophy major, and three 4+1 programs that allow highly-motivated undergraduates to obtain a masters degree with one additional year of study.  The two new tracks are: Philosophy, Health and Well-being and Philosophy, Law and Society.

By offering a 5+2 PhD program, with an entirely redesigned first year, we aim to enhance the quality of
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About the Department

Philosophy Library

The Department of Philosophy is world-class and has particular strengths in three main areas. History of Philosophy, including Ancient, Medieval, Modern and Contemporary Philosophy, both analytic and continental; Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind and Metaphysics, pursued with analytic methodologies but open to the influences of the continental tradition; Ethics, Legal and Political Philosophy, Social and Value theory.

UC Irvine’s philosophy graduate program is jointly administered by the Department of Philosophy in the School of Humanities and the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science in the School of Social Sciences. The graduate program is ranked among the top programs in the United States, and among the very best in a number of subfields of philosophy (see the Philosophical Gourmet Report). 
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