Unless otherwise noted, all colloquia events begin at 4:00pm in South Hall 5617.

The Sage Center for the Study of the Mind also has regular talks from fellows, as well as a special guest lecture series throughout the academic year.

Colloquia from 2008 to the present are listed below. Events prior to thar are available in the archive.

2013-2014 Academic Year

2011-2012 Academic Year

2010-2011 Academic Year

2009-2010 Academic Year

2008-2009 Academic Year

Colloquia from prior years are available in the archive.

Graduate Student Colloquia Series

2013–2014 Academic Year

2010–2011 Academic Year

2009–2010 Academic Year

2008–2009 Academic Year

Colloquia from prior years are available in the archive.

Conferences and Humphrey Distinguished Visitors

The Stephen Humphrey Fund for Excellence in Philosophy

The Steven Humphrey Fund for Excellence in Philosophy supports the Humphrey Distinguished Visitors as well as prestigious conferences which explore the frontiers and borders of philosophy by bringing together rigorous philosophers to discuss and debate the problems that are central to the discipline’s future directions. This fund has had a dramatic impact on the pedagogical and research program of the Philosophy Department at UCSB. The Department of Philosophy at University of California, Santa Barbara is very grateful to Steven Humphrey for his generous support in making these conferences possible. Dr. Humphrey has given the Department of Philosophy an opportunity to invite speakers of national prominence and to promote a philosophical exchange at the highest level of professionalism.

Humphrey Distinguished Visitors






Reading Groups & Discussion Forums

Misc. Reading Groups

Reading groups are often started by various grad students and faculty, especially during the summer. Information about those groups will be posted here as they come up.

The Santa Barbarians

The department’s main, on-going philosophical discussion/reading group is the Santa Barbarians. The main purpose of the group is to provide a place where faculty and graduate students can try out papers that are in progress. However, we very often end up discussing recent articles from philosophical journals. Topics tend to be in philosophy of language, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and epistemology, but we have been known to discuss papers in ethics. Discussions of papers by colleagues and students tend to be very gentle and discussions of papers by others who are not there to defend themselves are vicious. One colleague has described the Santa Barbarians as “the WWF of philosophy.” We don’t mind, although we do not actually throw chairs. The venue is always the same (Tony A.’s place) but the time changes each quarter. Announcements are by e-mail. Contact Tony Anderson if you want to be on the list: . All interested parties are welcome.