University of Southern California

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


Mudd Hall of Philosophy
(213) 740-4084
FAX: (213) 740-5174

Director: Scott Soames, Ph.D.*


Distinguished Professor and Linda MacDonald Hilf Chair in Philosophy: James Higginbotham, Ph.D.*

Distinguished Professor: Scott Soames, Ph.D.*

Provost Professor of Philosophy and Law: Gary Watson, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy and Maurice Jones, Jr. — Class of 1925 Professor of Law: Andrei Marmor, LL.B., Ph.D.

Professors: John Hawthorne, Ph.D.; Robin Jeshion, Ph.D.; Gregory Keating, Ph.D. (Law); Sharon Lloyd, Ph.D.*; Edwin McCann, Ph.D.*; Kevin W. Robb, Ph.D.*; Mark Schroeder, Ph.D.*; Gabriel Uzquiano Cruz, Ph.D.; James Van Cleve, Ph.D.; Ralph Wedgewood, Ph.D.

Associate Professors: Zlatan Damnjanovic, Ph.D.; John H. Dreher, Ph.D.; Stephen Finlay, Ph.D.; Janet Levin, Ph.D.; Jonathan Quong, Ph.D.; Jacob Ross, Ph.D.; Kadri Vihvelin, Ph.D., LL.B.

Assistant Professors: Andrew Bacon, Ph.D.; Kenneth Easwaran, Ph.D.; Shieva Kleinschmidt, Ph.D.

Emeritus University Professor and Emeritus Dean of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences: S. Marshall Cohen, M.A.*

Emeriti Professors: Frank Lewis, Ph.D.; Dallas Willard, Ph.D.*; George Wilson, Ph.D.

*Recipient of university-wide or college teaching award.

Undergraduate Programs

The School of Philosophy offers courses in most areas of philosophy, including philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, epistemology, metaphysics, logic, philosophy of science, political philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, the history of philosophy, phenomenology and existentialism. The major in philosophy is designed to acquaint students with the fundamental problems of Western thought and introduce them to the concepts and techniques necessary for independent philosophical thinking; it is equally intended to provide a broadening perspective for the various areas of specialization in the natural and social sciences and in literature and the arts. The school also offers minors in: ethics and moral philosophy; philosophy; philosophy for business, law, and the professions; and theories of art.

Graduate Programs

The School of Philosophy offers a Master of Arts in Philosophy, a Master of Arts in Philosophy and Law, a joint degree with the USC Gould School of Law and a Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy.