Department of Philosophy

Welcome to the Cal State L.A. Department of Philosophy

Existential angst? Metaphysical nausea? Ethical nihilism? Do you doubt the existence of your own soul? If you have these or any other philosophical symptoms, then the Cal State L.A. Philosophy Department is just the place for you. We specialize in solving and dissolving philosophical conundra, and in engaging our students in doing it with us.

We have graduate and undergraduate programs and an extremely diverse twelve-member full-time faculty, with areas of specialization in ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, aesthetics, feminist philosophy, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, philosophy of law, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, philosophy of mathematics, political philosophy, ancient philosophy and science, modern philosophy, Indian philosophy, Islamic philosophy, Latin American philosophy, and continental European philosophy.

We believe philosophy can bring us insight into the moral and political as well as the more metaphysical problems of real life. So whatever your philosophical interests or needs might be—and whether you are a beginning student looking for introductory courses, or an advanced student ready for MA-level courses—we are here to help you.

Talia Bettcher
Professor and Chair



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