How is the philosophy department here?


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Well, to start with, many of the teachers at the University of California Santa Cruz Philosophy Department have profiles on the popular review site

There are also a few teachers that don't have profiles on that site (yet): - Jonathan Ellis - Samantha Matherne - Nico Orlandi

The University of California Santa Cruz Philosophy Department website can be found at It offers profiles of all of its faculty members, and it also lists the interests of each member:

  • John Bowin: Ancient philosophy, especially ancient science and metaphysics, and contemporary analytic metaphysics
  • Janette Dinishak: Philosophy and history of psychology, Wittgenstein, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, disability studies and ethical theory
  • Daniel Guevara: Kant, moral philosophy, moral psychology, environmental ethics, history of modern philosophy
  • Jocelyn Hoy: Feminist philosophy, 19th and 20th century continental philosophy
  • Richard Otte: Philosophy of religion, formal epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophical logic
  • Paul Roth: Philosophy of social science, philosophy and sociology of science, epistemology, history of analytic philosophy, philosophy of history
  • Abraham Stone: 19th and Early 20th century German philosophy (continental and analytic), philosophy of science and mathematics, medieval philosophy, metaphysics, Kant
  • Rasmus Winther: Philosophy of science, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of biology, American pragmatism, Latin American Philosophy, evolutionary theory
  • Jonathan Ellis: Philosophy of mind, epistemology, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of language, metaphysics, Wittgenstein
  • Samantha Matherne: Kant, 20th century European philosophy, aesthetics
  • Nico Orlandi: Philosophy of mind, phiiosophical psychology, epistemology, philosophy of cognitive science

The department has this to say for itself on the school's website:

"The Department has a focus on philosophy understood through its history, with a special emphasis on the changing relations of philosophy to science, and with an ethos of drawing on methods and resources from the entire tradition of European and Analytic philosophy.

The faculty ethos reflects the fact that while firmly grounded in the Analytic tradition, many are also actively engaged with other approaches, whether traditions from the Continent or other parts of the Globe, or those skeptical of standard starting points in Analytic philosophy.

Given this ethos, the focus on philosophy understood through its history, and on the relations of philosophy to science and the sciences (biology, psychology, linguistics, physics, etc.), follows naturally: both because the cognitive achievement of modern science and mathematics must be a reference point for any assessment of the status of philosophy in general, and because the special affinity of the Analytic tradition, in particular, to science and mathematics needs to be understood and preserved. The faculty perceive, moreover, a need for a program at a national level with this sort of emphasis, and with the conceptual breadth that a historical view of the subject affords. This view would encompass the conceptual, linguistic, historical, ethical, and social foundations of science and philosophy.

The combination of the faculty focus, as described above, and their ethos in approaching it, makes UCSC a unique and attractive place to study philosophy."

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