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Mudd Hall of Philosophy
(213) 740-4084
FAX: (213) 740-5174

Director: Scott Soames, Ph.D.


Distinguished Professor and Linda MacDonald Hilf Chair in Philosophy: James Higginbotham, Ph.D.*

Provost's Professor of Philosophy and Law: Gary Watson, Ph.D.

Professors: Gregory Keating, Ph.D. (Law); Frank Lewis, Ph.D.; Sharon Lloyd, Ph.D.; Andrei Marmor, Ph.D. (Law); Edwin McCann, Ph.D.*; Kevin W. Robb, Ph.D.*; Scott Soames, Ph.D.; James Van Cleve, Ph.D.; Gary Watson, Ph.D. (Law); Dallas Willard, Ph.D.*; George Wilson, Ph.D.

Associate Professors: Zlatan Damnjanovic, Ph.D.; John H. Dreher, Ph.D.; Janet Levin, Ph.D.; Mark Schroeder, Ph.D.; Kadri Vihvelin, Ph.D., L.L.B.; Gideon Yaffe, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors: Kenneth Easwaran, Ph.D.; Stephen Finlay, Ph.D.; David Manley, Ph.D.; Jacob Ross, Ph.D.

Emeritus University Professor and Emeritus Dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences: S. Marshall Cohen, M.A.*

Emeritus Professor: John Hospers, Ph.D., D.Litt.

*Recipient of university-wide or college teaching award.

Undergraduate Programs

The School of Philosophy offers courses in most areas of philosophy, including philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, epistemology, metaphysics, logic, philosophy of science, political philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, the history of philosophy, phenomenology and existentialism. The major in philosophy is designed to acquaint students with the fundamental problems of Western thought and introduce them to the concepts and techniques necessary for independent philosophical thinking; it is equally intended to provide a broadening perspective for the various areas of specialization in the natural and social sciences and in literature and the arts. The school also offers a minor in philosophy and in theories of art.

Graduate Programs

The School of Philosophy offers a Master of Arts in Philosophy, a joint degree with the USC Gould School of Law and a Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy.