Philosophy and the Life Sciences at UC

The Department of Philosophy offers the PhD in philosophy on our Sciences Track, emphasizing the life sciences in particular: biology, biomedical science, neuroscience, cognitive science, psychology, and mind. We are always actively recruiting talented students from philosophy and the sciences into our program.

UC's Department of Philosophy is internationally recognized for its strengths in philosophy of biology, neuroscience, cognitive science, and mind. Faculty are involved in cutting-edge philosophical research in each of these areas. 

Faculty involved in P&LS at UC include:

  • Zvi Biener, Philosophy (history and philosophy of science, Newton)
  • Tony Chemero, Philosophy (philosophy and the cognitive sciences, ecological psychology, embodied cognition)
  • Valerie Hardcastle, Philosophy, (cognitive neuroscience, philosophy of neuroscience & biology)
  • Koffi Maglo, Philosophy, (philosophy of biomedical science, race, Newton)
  • John McEvoy, Philosophy, (history & philosophy of science & chemistry)
  • Peter Langland-Hassan, Philosophy (philosophy of mind, philosophy of pyschology, cognitive science) 
  • Arnold Miller, Geology, (paleontology)
  • Heidi Maibom, Philosophy, (philosophy of mind, cognitive science, psychology)
  • Ken Petren, Biology, (evolutionary ecology)
  • Michal Polak, Biology, (evolutionary ecology)
  • Thomas Polger, Philosophy, (philosophy of psychology & mind)
  • Angela Potochnik, Philosophy, (philosophy of biology, philosophy of science) starting 2011-2012
  • Michael Richardson, Psychology, (cognitive schience)
  • Robert C. Richardson, Philosophy, (philosophy of biology, cognitive science)
  • Michael Riley, Psychology, (perceptual motor-dynamics)
  • Robert A. Skipper, Jr., Philosophy & Environmental Studies, (history and philosophy of biology, evolutionary theory)
  • George Uetz, Biology, (behavioral ecology)

Sciences Track PhD students must cultivate expertise in some specific science, including data analysis, in addition to a broad philosophical background. 

Some of the P&LS PhD students' projects include the neural basis of desire, explanation in psychology, mechanisms in ecology, the structure of the synthesis of evolutionary and developmental biology, conservation biology, and philosophy of psychiatry.