Department Chair

  • Jonathan Cohen

    Jonathan Cohen

    Professor and Department Chair
    Ph.D. Rutgers University, 2000
    Office: HSS 7010, Phone: (858) 534-6812

    Philosophy of mind, language, and perception, particularly as these are informed by the cognitive sciences; color and color vision


  • Lucy Allais

    Lucy Allais

    Henry E. Allison Endowed Chair in the History of Philosophy
    Ph.D. Oxford University, 2001
    Office: HSS 8056, Phone: (858) 534-8670

    Kant’s philosophy, and on topics related to wrongdoing and justice such as forgiveness and punishment; interests in bioethics

  • Georgios Anagnostopoulos

    Georgios Anagnostopoulos

    Ph.D. Brandeis University, 1971
    Office: HSS 8034, Phone: (858) 534-3072

    Ancient philosophy centered around ethics, metaphysics, science, technology and human values

  • Richard Arneson

    Richard Arneson

    Valtz Family Endowed Chair in Philosophy
    Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1975
    Office: HSS 8057, Phone: (858) 534-6810

    Political and moral philosophy, with an emphasis on theories of justice; some applied ethics 

  • Saba Bazargan-Forward

    Saba Bazargan-Forward

    Associate Professor
    Ph.D. Rutgers University, 2009
    Office: HSS 8061, Phone: (858) 822-2685

    Normative ethics; theory complicity with revisionist accounts of the morality of war

  • William Bechtel

    William Bechtel

    UC Distinguished Professor
    Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1977
    Office: HSS 8076, Phone: (858) 822-4461

    History and philosophy of the life sciences with a special emphasis on the strategies of mechanistic explanation employed and the invocation of active mechanisms to explain how biological systems maintain themselves far from equilibrium
  • Reuven Brandt

    Reuven Brandt

    Assistant Professor
    Ph.D. University of Western Ontario, 2015
    Office: HSS 8029, Tel: (858) 822-2806

    Applied ethics with a focus on human reproduction and responsibility

  • David O. Brink

    David O. Brink

    UC Distinguished Professor
    Ph.D. Cornell University, 1985
    Office: HSS 8016, Phone: (858) 534-4881

    Ethical theory, history of ethics, and jurisprudence; historical and systematic perspectives on practical reason, moral demands, and the normativity of ethics; nature of law and legal interpretation in substantive areas of constitutional and criminal jurisprudence

  • Craig Callender

    Craig Callender

    Ph.D. Rutgers University, 1997
    Office: HSS 8077, Phone: (858) 822-4911

    Philosophy of physics, the metaphysics of science, and philosophy of science in general

  • Jennifer Carr

    Jennifer Carr

    Assistant Professor
    Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013
    Office: H&SS 8037, Phone: (858) 246-2499

    Theoretical philosophy, including epistemology, logic, decision theory, and philosophy of language

  • Nancy Cartwright

    Nancy Cartwright

    UC Distinguished Professor
    Ph.D. University of Illinois
    Office: HSS 7023, Phone: (858) 793-1979

    Philosophy of the natural, social and policy sciences with specialization in physics and economics; questions of causality, objectivity in science, and evidence, especially for evidence-based policy

  • Matthew Fulkerson

    Matthew Fulkerson

    Associate Professor
    Ph.D. University of Toronto, 2010
    Office: HSS 8073, Phone: (858) 534-6643

    Philosophy of mind and philosophy of cognitive science; philosophical issues that arise from the investigation of human haptic touch; multisensory experience, spatial representation, the affective character of perception, and the relationship between perception and bodily awareness

  • Rick Grush

    Rick Grush

    Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, 1995
    Office: HSS 7038, Phone: (858) 822-4440

    Theoretical cognitive neuroscience and the metaphysics of mind and representation; interests in linguistics and early modern; emulation theory of representation, and spatial and temporal representation

  • Michael Hardimon

    Michael Hardimon

    Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1985
    Office: HSS 8084, Phone: (858) 822-0473

    Post-Kantian philosophy: Hegel's social and political philosophy; Nietzsche's moral philosophy and moral psychology; and racial identity

  • Monte Johnson

    Monte Johnson

    Associate Professor
    Ph.D. University of Toronto, 2003
    Office: HSS 8009, Phone: N/A

    Early Greek philosophy; Aristotle Studies; Hellenistic philosophy; the reception of Greco-Roman philosophy in modern philosophy and science; the reconstruction of lost and fragmentary works; and comparative ancient philosophy

  • Andy Lamey

    Andy Lamey

    Assistant Teaching Professor
    Ph.D. University of Western Australia, 2011
    Office: HSS 7017, Phone (858) 534-9111

    Applied ethics, normative ethics and political philosophy

  • Kerry McKenzie

    Kerry McKenzie

    Assistant Professor
    Ph.D. University of Leeds, England, 2012
    Office: HSS 8088, Phone (858) 534-2566

    Metaphysics of science, especially modality, fundamentality, structuralism, naturalism, and realism

  • Dana Nelkin

    Dana Nelkin

    Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 1995
    Office: HSS 8085, Phone: (858) 822-3658

    Moral psychology, ethics, and philosophy of action

  • Samuel Rickless

    Samuel Rickless

    Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 1996
    Office: HSS 8012, Phone: (858) 822-4910

    Ancient philosophy (particularly Plato), early modern philosophy (particularly Locke and Berkeley), ethics, and jurisprudence

  • Donald Rutherford

    Donald Rutherford

    Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1988
    Office: HSS 7010, Phone: (858) 822-1655

    Early modern philosophy and the reception of ancient philosophy in the early modern period; Kant's critical philosophy and its development, and Nietzsche

  • Paolo Santorio

    Paolo Santorio 

    Associate Professor
    Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011
    Office: HSS 8004, Phone: (858) 534-9281

    Conditionals, modality, causal reasoning, expressivism, intentionality, variables, and future-oriented talk

  • Charles Sebens

    Charles Sebens

    Assistant Professor
    Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2015
    Office: HSS 8047, Phone: (858) 246-2498

    Philosophy of physics (focusing on interpretations of quantum mechanics), epistemology, metaphysics

  • Gila Sher

    Gila Sher

    Ph.D. Columbia University, 1989
    Office: HSS 8042, Phone: (858) 534-8504

    Foundational issues involving knowledge, truth, and logic

  • Clinton Tolley

    Clinton Tolley

    Associate Professor
    Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2007
    Office: HSS 8018, Phone: (858) 822-2686

    History of modern European philosophy focusing on Kant, early analytic philosophy (especially Bolzano and Frege), and phenomenology (especially Brentano, Husserl, and the early Heidegger)

  • Manuel Vargas

    Manuel Vargas

    Ph.D. Stanford, 2001
    Office: HSS 8089, Phone: (858) 534-8135

    Moral psychology, free will, moral responsibility, Latin American and Latinx philosophy

  • Eric Watkins

    Eric Watkins

    Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 1994
    Office: HSS 8062, Phone: (858) 822-0082

    Kant's theoretical philosophy and its place within modern philosophy and science; early modern philosophy (especially Leibniz), German idealism and the history of philosophy of science

  • Monique Wonderly

    Monique Wonderly 

    Assistant Professor
    Ph.D. University of California, Riverside, 2015
    (Appointment begins July 1, 2018)

    Theoretical and applied ethics, moral psychology, agency theory, and philosophy of emotion

Emeriti Faculty

  • Henry E. Allison

    Henry E. Allison

    Professor Emeritus

    Kant, Spinoza, German idealism, and eighteenth and nineteenth-century philosophy 

  • Patricia Churchland

    Patricia Churchland

    Professor Emerita
    B.Phil. Oxford University, 1969

    Interface between neuroscience and philosophy; explores the impact of neuroscientific developments on our understanding of consciousness, the self, free will, decision making, ethics, learning, and religion

  • Paul Churchland

    Paul Churchland

    Professor Emeritus
    Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh, 1969

    Philosophy of science (neurosciences, physics, astronomy); philosophy of mind (psychology); epistemology (cognitive science, artificial intelligence); philosophy of language; and the history of philosophy 

  • Gerald Doppelt

    Gerald Doppelt

    Professor Emeritus
    Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, 1969

    Philosophy of science and political philosophy including theory of justice, Rawls work, political liberalism, multiculturalism, the role of self-respect in political theory, communitarianism, and issues of gender and race

  • Edward Lee

    Edward Lee

    Professor Emeritus
    Ph.D. Princeton University