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Our team came in second place and is the National Runner Up for the 2024 Association for Practical and Professional Ethics Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. In a competition that included 36 teams (among them Stanford and Yale), UCSB’s team came in second only to UNC. 

Congratulations to Sherri Conklin for her tenure track position at Washington State University! 

Congratulations to our undergraduate Ethics Bowl team for their performance at the 2023 Regionals competition held at Cal Poly SLO in December! 

Congratulations to Tom Costigan, who has successfully defended his dissertation titled The Metaphysics of Organized Groups with a Look Toward Corporate Moral Responsibility!


The department is pleased to announce the first three awards from the fund established in honor of former UCSB philosophy professor Herb Fingarette by a generous gift from his daughter Ms. Ann Hasse. Kerong Gao and Daehwi Jeong will be receiving support towards presenting their work at upcoming conferences of the American Philosophical Association. Salvador Escalante Diaz Barreiro will be supported for an extended visit to Princeton University where he will conduct research for his dissertation.

Daniel Story (PhD, 2020) recently published a piece of non-fiction in Reed Magazine. You can read more here.

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Congratulations to Tim Mainwaring, who has successfully defended his dissertation titled A Defense of the One over Many Argument for Universals!

Congratulations to Seán Pierce, who has successfully defended his dissertation titled An Exploration and Defence of Non-Eliminative Nihilism!