Dec 17, 2018  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 


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Philosophy Department 

Philosophy Program Information

The Department of Philosophy offers graduate degree programs leading to the M.A. and the Ph.D. degrees in Philosophy.

The Department is dedicated both to pursuing high quality research and providing a rigorous education to its graduate students, whether pursuing just the M.A. or the Ph.D. Faculty provide philosophical expertise in a wide variety of areas, including ancient Greek philosophy, modern philosophy, normative theory, political theory, bioethics, philosophy of education, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of logic, philosophy of science, philosophy of social science, philosophy of language, argument theory and Continental philosophy. For a full and updated list of areas of research see the pages of individual faculty. [Link:].

The M.A. program is suitable for those planning or considering a Ph.D. in Philosophy, for those who hope to gain an advanced degree prior to pursuing professional degrees in such fields as law and medicine, and for those who are considering advanced work in related fields such as linguistics, classical studies, religious studies, psychology, and political science.

Admission to the M.A. program requires either a bachelor’s degree in philosophy or sufficient course work in philosophy as determined by the department. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement, GRE scores, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and a sample paper in philosophy.

The Ph.D. program is suitable for those planning to pursue an academic career, including both those focused more on research and those focused more on teaching. Graduates should expect to be trained in doing high quality research in philosophy, to be mentored in the practice of teaching, and to have opportunities for teaching in a broader array of contexts that should serve well the ability to teach courses in writing and the humanities more generally.

Admission to the Ph.D. program requires an M.A. in Philosophy. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of the same considerations as M.A. applicants (academic record, GRE scores, recommendations, purpose, and a writing sample). At present, due to a restriction imposed by the central UF administration during a budget crisis in 2008, the Department is unable to admit students into the Ph.D. program, though it hopes to reopen the program in the future.

General program information

All graduate students are required to take in their first year the graduate Proseminar (PHI 5935 ), an intensive workshop requiring weekly writing and presentation as well as a substantial paper at the end. The Graduate Logic course (PHI 5135 ) is also required in the first year as a foundational area for philosophy generally. Additional core courses include surveys in ancient philosophy (PHP 5005  and PHP 5015 ), in modern philosophy (PHI 5405  and PHH 5406 ), ethical theory PHI 5665 ), epistemology (PHI 5365 ) and foundations of analytic philosophy (PHP 5785 ).

M.A. program information

The M.A. degree requires 36 hours of coursework, which can be completed in two years by registering for 9 credits each fall and spring semester. Distribution requirements mandate a selection of core courses and 6000-level seminars, while electives make up 6 hours of coursework. Core courses include comprehensive examination, and to graduate students must successfully pass an oral Final Exam administered by a group of faculty selected by the Graduate Studies Committee.

Ph.D. Program information

The Ph.D. requires 90 credit hours, which may include 36 used as credit for the M.A. Distribution requirements include those required for the MA, additional courses at the 6000-level, 3 proposal research hours, 12 doctoral research hours, and the successful completion and defense of a dissertation. In completing the Ph.D. advanced students will normally have an opportunity to teach their own undergraduate courses under the supervision of faculty as well as to work as a Teaching Assistant in many other courses. Upon reopening of admissions, finally, the Department plans to institute a required regular workshop for Ph.D. students focusing on making progress in the dissertation and gaining experience with professional activities.

Further information about the department’s programs and admissions can be obtained on the department’s website at or by contacting the Graduate Coordinator at  Please also see the “Guidee for Prospective Graduate Students” at


Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Arts

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