Philosophy

Religious Studies Majors Study What Moves People and Nations

Human Rights, Philosophy, Ethics and Analysis Integrated into Program

When choosing a college major, the question of “purpose” inevitably arises for students. Four years can fly by, with parents’ tolerance for big bills souring along the way. But consider the ways in which an emphasis in religious studies led sophomore Dinar Kurji to surprising discoveries about himself:

Pondering Perception: A Q&A With Zoe Drayson

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Zoe Drayson adopts an interdisciplinary, naturalist approach at the intersection of philosophy and the mind sciences. Maya Weeks, a writer, artist and geography graduate student at UC Davis, interviews her.   You’re a philosopher. What does that mean for your work?

My work focuses on the intersection of philosophy and the mind sciences. In particular, I am interested in the extent to which findings in psychology and neuroscience inform or influence our philosophical theories of the mind. 

Grads, Grilled: Jordan Bell

Jordan Bell Department

Philosophy

Program and Year of Study

PhD, 1st year

Previous degrees and colleges

MA Philosophy, University of Florida (2015)

BA Philosophy (with honors), University of Central Florida (2013)

Where did you grow up?

Central Florida, about 20 minutes north of Orlando

Where do you live now?

Davis, CA

What's your favorite spot in Davis?

The arboretum and 3rd and U Cafe!

Risk and Rescue: Tina Rulli

May 31, 2016
If a hiker were lost in the backcountry and you were able to rescue them, would you feel morally obligated to do so? Would the hiker be similarly obliged to take adequate precautions against getting lost? In recently published research, Assistant Professor of Philosophy Tina Rulli grapples with the ethics of risk and rescue, and their implications for public policy.

Risk and Rescue: Tina Rulli

If a hiker were lost in the backcountry and you were able to rescue them, would you feel morally obligated to do so? Would the hiker be similarly obliged to take adequate precautions against getting lost?

In recently published research, Assistant Professor of Philosophy Tina Rulli grapples with the ethics of risk and rescue, and their implications for public policy.

Cognitive Science: Q&A With Bernard Molyneux

May 04, 2016
Launched this year, the Cognitive Science Program is taking off fast—with about 200 first-year students identifying it as their intended major.