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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.


Fall 2014

Friday, December 5, 3:10pm  •  Grad Student Workshop
Hannah Jones - Vagueness, Ambiguity, and Ludlow's Meaning Underdetermination
Dan Norton - Evolution and the Hard Problem of Consciousness

Winter 2015

Friday, March 6, 3:10pm  •  Colloquium
Helen Longino (Stanford University)

March 29 - 30  •  DEX3 (Davis Philosophy Extravaganza)
Speakers include: Stewart Cohen (University of Arizona), Joshua Gert (College of William & Mary), Rachel McKinnon (College of Charleston), Anya Plutynski (Washington University in St. Louis), Raul Saucedo (University of Colorado, Boulder), Robert Stainton (Western University)

Spring 2015

Friday, April 17, 3:10pm  •  Colloquium
Katherine Brading (University of Notre Dame)

Friday, May 1, 3:10pm  •  Colloquium
Japa Pallikkathayil (University of Pittsburgh)

Friday, May 8, 3:10pm  •  Colloquium
Tim Clarke (UC Berkeley)


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. The links to the left give names, dates, and titles of past colloquia since 1995. The Web pages covering the years from 1998 on also contain digital photographs of nearly all of the speakers.

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. Two discussion groups for faculty and graduate students, in ethics (DaGERS) and in philosophy of science (Bio Lab), also meet weekly. 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).


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.

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.

UCD Faculty Talks

UC Davis Philosophy faculty are active in presenting papers at conferences and departments throughout the world.

Graduate Student Philosophical Society

The Graduate Student Philosophical Society organizes an annual conference in collaboration with the graduate students in philosophy at UC Berkeley and Stanford.  The conferences rotate between the three universities.  The 2014 conference was held at UC Davis. The 2015 conference will be held at Stanford.

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.

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.