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The UC Davis Philosophy Department hosts a number of events each academic year. Below is a brief description of these activities.


The Philosophy Department presents a number of colloquia throughout the academic year. Speakers are drawn from international as well as American universities. Many of them are from campuses in the region, including UC Davis, where our visiting faculty customarily give a talk to the Department.

Click here for dates of upcoming colloquia.

Workshops and Discussion Groups

Workshops in the Philosophy Library occur on Friday afternoons throughout the year. The workshop series offers students, faculty, and the occasional visitor an opportunity to present and discuss their work-in-progress before a friendly audience of their peers.

Three discussion groups for faculty and graduate students meet weeklyone in ethics, one in philosophy of science, and one in logic, language, epistemology, and philosophy of mathematics. Members of the department are also involved in the cognitive science discussion group.

Click here for more information on the ethics group ("DaGERS" - Davis Area Group in Ethics and Related Subjects).

Click here for more information on the philosophy of science group (Bio Lab).

Click here for more information on the logic, language, epistemology, and philosophy of mathematics ("LLEMa").


The Philosophy Department holds occasional philosophy conferences in which visiting speakers present their research. These conferences draw participants and audience members from many different institutions as well as from UC Davis. Recent conferences include the Davis Philosophy Extravaganza (DEX) and the Berkeley-Stanford-Davis Graduate Philosophy Conference.

Philosophy Club

The undergraduate Philosophy Club meets weekly to discuss philosophical topics.  The schedule and location of meetings can be found at the club's web site, here.


u-POW, or undergraduate Philosophically Oriented Women, is a group that mentors undergraduate women in philosophy. Quarterly meetings are devoted to topics such as being one of the few females in the classroom, the climate of the discipline, and applying to graduate school. u-POW aims to address the fact that women are greatly underrepresented in Philosophy (see the statistics at the Society for Women in Philosophy webpage). u-POW's web page is here.

Food for Thought

Food for Thought is held in the fall and spring quarters.  Undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and folks who are curious about philosophy meet for an afternoon of discussion and free pizza in the Philosophy Department library on a variety of issues.  A look at some FFT events can be found here.

Awards Ceremony

Each year at the end of Spring Quarter, the Philosophy Department holds an awards ceremony, in which are awarded Departmental Citations for outstanding work by undergraduates, and the Michael V. Wedin Teaching Award to graduate students who have distinguished themselves as teaching assistants.

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 29
The Sheffrin Lecture in Public Policy

Philip Pettit (Princeton)
Reception: 5:00pm
Lecture: 5:30pm
Location: Memorial Union, MU II Room
View the flyer here. 

Friday, October 30, 6:00pm
Bay Area Philosophy of Science Meeting

"Multiscale Modeling: Beyond Anti-Mereological Relations"
Julia Bursten (SFSU)
Location: Philosophy Department Library 

Friday, November 6, 3:10pm

John MacFarlane (UC Berkeley)
Location: Philosophy Department Library