Welcome! The Department of Philosophy at the University of Cincinnati is among the very best in the world for the study of philosophy of biology, philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy of mind, and aesthetics. The faculty's and graduate students' award-winning research is diverse, including projects in evolutionary biology, conservation biology, metaphysics of mind, cognitive science, the neural basis of desire, emotion theory, the nature of meaning, and the philosophical issues surrounding humans' perceptions of art, nature and beauty.
Graduate students will discover a vibrant philosophical community at UC. We offer two tracks to the PhD, one taking advantage of our strength in philosophy and the life sciences, the other emphasizing our broad resources in core areas of philosophy. Our students are active researchers and many have expertise in multiple disciplines. We're proud of our recent placement record.
Undergradaute students benefit from our small class sizes and accomplished and supportive faculty. Many of our graduates go on to successful careers in academia, social work, entrepreneurship, law, and medicine. Students may take advantage of focused tracks within the curriculum, including biohumanities and law and ethics. In addition, our majors have the option of completing their BA and MA degrees in five years via our 4+1 BA/MA program. View our course listings to see what we are currently offering.
Each year, the department hosts a major colloquium that brings together philosophers from all over the world to present papers on a topic of mutual interest. Past topics have included Naturalism and the Nature of Philosophy, Race in the Age of Genomic Medicine, and Perspectives on the Animal Mind. Philosophy faculty, students, alumni and friends enjoy this informative and enjoyable event each year.
New for 2012-2013!
During the 2012-2012 academic year, the department will host a year-long workshop series on conducting and teaching interdisciplinary work in philosophy and the sciences. Confirmed workshop leaders include Fiona Macpherson, Joelle Proust and Peter Godfrey-Smith. Stay tuned for a schedule and more guests.