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 LA philosophy department is just the place for you. We specialize in solving and dissolving philosophical conundrums, and in engaging our students in doing it with us.
We have graduate and undergraduate programs and a diverse full-time faculty, with areas of specialization in ethics, political and social thought, logic, theory of knowledge, philosophy of science, philosophy of physics, philosophy of art and film, philosophy of language, philosophy of religions, metaphysics, feminist philosophy, philosophy and race, biomedical ethics, existentialism, postmodern thought, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of mathematics.
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 M.A.-level courses—we are here for you.

Mason talk

Special Lecture

Elinor Mason (UC Santa Barbara), "Consent and Consensuality" - Thursday, May 2, 3-5pm in King Hall C2094

Builes talk

Special Lecture

David Builes (Princeton), "Nature Never Makes Leaps" - Thursday, May 9, 3-5pm in King Hall C3102

Why Philosophy ? - Zen-X LA

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Our M.A. program is one of fifteen terminal U.S. programs recommended in the Philosophical Gourmet!
Our students publish a journal annually: Philosophy in Practice.
Recent Student Placement into Ph.D. Programs and Law Schools
Apply to join us! For fall 2024 admission, please apply by May 31, 2024.
Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students
For full consideration, please apply directly to the university through Cal State Apply.

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Faculty Spotlight

Talia Bettcher

What is it like to be a philosopher?

Professor Talia Bettcher discusses her journey in life and philosophy.

Faculty Talk

"A Primer on Cognitive Phenomenology" (David Pitt)

Faculty Talk

Free Will - Mark Balaguer - Talks at Google

2023 Guest Speakers

"AI and the Arts" (Sheila Heti, Claire L. Evans, and Peggy Weil)
Ike Anya, "Small by Small"