Pamela Hieronymi Helps Give “The Good Place” Its Scholarly Credentials

Published: February 7, 2018

Professor Pamela Hieronymi is featured in an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the philosophers who inspired the producers of the NBC show “The Good Place.” You can read more about how Pamela consulted on the show at:

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Congratulations to Brian Hutler!

Published: February 1, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Brian Hutler has filed his dissertation, “Cooperation, Religious Freedom, and the State,” and it has been accepted. His PhD degree will be awarded on March 23, 2018.

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Calvin Normore Appointed First Brian P. Copenhaver Chair

Published: January 8, 2018

Congratulations to Prof. Calvin Normore, who has been appointed the first Brian P. Copenhaver Chair. Professor Normore is assuming a chair newly renamed in honor of professor emeritus Brian Copenhaver, which was generously endowed by Steven F. and Christine L. Udvar-Hazy. A special lecture to commemorate the occasion is being scheduled for spring quarter 2018. …

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Congratulations Yost Prize Winners!

Published: October 9, 2017

The Yost Prize is given annually in honor of Robert M. Yost for excellent performance in teaching.  Congratulations to our 2016-17 winners Jenna Donohue, Kim Johnston, and John Kardosh!

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In Memoriam: Tim Hall

Published: August 16, 2017

It is with great sadness that we report that our graduate alumnus Tim Hall has died.  Tim entered the graduate program in 1992 and finished his PhD in 2003. He spent time as a lecturer at UCLA, at the University of Vermont, and at Yale.  He then embarked upon a very successful career teaching and…

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Congratulations to Laura Gillespie!

Published: August 2, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Laura Gillespie has filed her dissertation, “On the Possibility and Permissibility of Interpersonal Punishment,” and it has been accepted. Her PhD degree will be awarded on September 15, 2017.

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Congratulations to Carnap Prize Winner!

Published: July 12, 2017

We’re pleased to announce that Kevin Lande is the winner of the 2016-17 Carnap Prize for his paper entitled “Parts of Perception.” More information regarding the prize can be found here and a list of previous Carnap Prize Essayists can be found here.

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Helen Lee Wins First-Place Presentation at the UCLA Humanities Dialogues Symposium

Published: June 20, 2017

Congratulations to Helen Lee, a second-year philosophy major, for her prize-winning presentation “Truth-Telling and Humanity: What Is Our Duty to Tell the Truth?” at the UCLA Humanities Dialogues Symposium, held June 2, 2017. You can read more about the Humanities Dialogues and Helen’s win at

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Congratulations to Kalish Prize Winners

Published: May 19, 2017

The Kalish Prize is given annually in honor of Donald Kalish for intellectual excellence in one or more promising undergraduate student. Congratulations to our 2016-17 winners Tiffany Han, Shushan Ginosyan, Kartik Raj, and Eden Sayed.

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Seana Shiffrin Delivers Tanner Lectures

Published: May 19, 2017

Seana Shiffrin delivered the Tanner Lectures in Human Values in late April at UC Berkeley.  More information is available here:

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