Philosophy at UC Santa Barbara

Philosophy addresses fundamental questions that engage all reflective people, but which apparently cannot be answered by the empirical sciences. Its main subfields include ethics (addressing the nature of morality, value, and right action), political philosophy (addressing justice, liberty, and the state), metaphysics (addressing the nature and structure of reality), epistemology (addressing the nature and limits of knowledge), logic, the philosophy of mind (addressing the nature of consciousness, cognition, and emotion), and the philosophy of language (addressing the nature of meaning and reference).
The study of philosophy at UCSB comprehends both the cutting edge of current philosophical research and the rich history of philosophy tracing back thousands of years. 
The department offers a B.A. program and a Ph.D. program (incorporating a M.A.). In our undergraduate major there is a choice between a ‘Core Philosophy’ track and an ‘Ethics and Public Policy’ track. Both tracks offer training in analytic thinking and the sort of disciplined, rigorous argument that characterizes serious philosophical reflection, and which makes a Philosophy degree an excellent preparation for careers in the law, medicine, public policy, public administration, management, advocacy, finance, computer science, and for graduate work across the humanities and social sciences. 


APPOINTMENT: July 1, 2020
AOS: Ethics or Social/Political/Legal Philosophy
AOC: Open

The Department of Philosophy invites applications for two positions in Ethics or Social/Political/Legal Philosophy

  • Applicants for the Open Rank Professor position should apply to JPF01564. We invite applicants at the assistant, associate, and full levels. A complete application will include a letter of application, CV, writing sample, and at least three letters of recommendation. Applicants at the assistant level should also submit a dissertation abstract or research statement, teaching statement, and evidence of teaching excellence.
  • Applicants for the Tenure Track Assistant Professor position should apply to JPF01591. We invite applicants at the assistant level. A complete application will include a letter of application, CV, writing sample, a dissertation abstract or research statement, evidence of teaching excellence, and at least three letters of recommendation.

Please apply to all applicable positions.

The minimum requirement to be considered an applicant is the completion of all requirements for a PhD in Philosophy or a related field (or equivalent degree) except the dissertation (or equivalent) at the time of application. We invite applicants who already have a PhD as well.

To ensure full and primary consideration, all application materials must be received by November 4, 2019. The position will remain open until filled.

For your letters of recommendation you will be asked to submit the names and email addresses of your references. The online system will then contact your references with instructions about how to upload their letters. All application materials should be in a standard electronic form, preferably pdf.

Inquiries may be addressed to For additional information about the Department of Philosophy see their website.

The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service. We strongly encourage applicants to submit an optional Statement of Contributions to Diversity. These statements, if submitted, will be reviewed for evidence of teaching, research, professional and/or public service contributions that promote diversity and equal opportunity, such as effective strategies used for the educational advancement of students in various under-represented groups; demonstrated contributions to the advancement of equitable access and diversity in education; and contributions furthering diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through participation in such activities as recruitment, retention, and mentoring of scholars and students.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



The department welcomes four new graduate students for Fall '19: Steven Canet, Keith Dyck, Evan Green, Paul So


Congratulations to Daniel Story: his "Interpersonal Moral Luck and Normative Entanglement" was accepted for publication in Ergo, and his "Joint Action without Robust Theory of Mind" was accepted for publication in Synthese!

Congratulations to David Mokriski, whose paper "The Eligibility of Rule Utilitarianism" was accepted for publication in the Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy!