Message from the Chair

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

Since last year we have two new tracks that complement our traditional Philosophy major.  The two new tracks are: Philosophy, Medicine and Well-Being and Philosophy, Law and Society.

This year we have 6 new graduate students who will join a cohort of over 30 Ph.D. students. By offering competitive packages, and with an entirely redesigned first year, we aim to enhance the quality of our graduate students’ experience.

Thanks to a new placement policy, we are striving to make that experience as effective and successful as possible.

In the meanwhile, we continue to administer and develop our Philosophy major and two highly successful minors in Medical Humanities and in Humanities and Law. We also continue to participate in the M.A. in Philosophy Political Science and Economics.

The academic year, which has just started, will see the Department engaged in groundbreaking research.

We kicked off with a workshop on Education and Virtue. In November we will host a major international conference on Relativism. In December we will have the Inaugural Conference of the Southern California Metaphysics Network, and in February we will host the Archeology and the Epistemology of Conspiracy Theories Conference. We are going to continue by having an impressive series of distinguished speakers at our Colloquia. We will have recurring and new series of seminars and workshops: the Medical Humanities Series, the Law, Reason and Value Talks, the Social and Applied Epistemology Series, the Scientia Workshop, the Joint Legal Philosophy Colloquium, the Melden Lectures, the California Phenomenology Circle and the meetings of the Southern California Epistemology Network and of the Southern California Metaphysics Network. 

We are also very proud of our undergrads, who are going to represent UCI for the third time in its history at the Ethics Bowl. ZOT! ZOT! Thanks to their engagement, we will have a lively Philosophy Club, whose journal - Falsafa - has now entered its third year.  

Last but not least, we are very proud of our new hires, Dr. Anna Boncompagni and Brianne Donaldson (jointly appointed in the DoP and in the Religious Studies Program). 

We are striving to grow and our efforts will no doubt be even more effective thanks to the help of our Alumni  – no matter how big or small your donation is, it will make a significant difference.


Annalisa Coliva