Conferences and Workshops

The UC Davis Department of Philosophy hosts intellectually stimulating, thought-provoking colloquia, workshops, and discussions throughout the academic year.

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Workshops and discussion groups

Workshops take place in the Philosophy Library on Friday afternoons throughout the year. The workshop series offers students, faculty and periodic visitors an opportunity to present and discuss their work in progress before an appreciative audience of their peers.

Three discussion groups for faculty and graduate students meet weekly — one in ethics; one in philosophy of science; and one in logic, language, epistemology, and philosophy of mathematics. Members of the department also are involved in the cognitive science discussion group.


The Philosophy Department occasionally holds philosophy conferences in which visiting speakers present their research. These conferences attract participants and audience members from many different institutions as well as from UC Davis. Recent conferences include the DEX (Davis Philosophy Conference) and the Berkeley-Stanford-Davis Graduate Philosophy Conference. DEX 4, the most recent event held in March 2016, included presentations by Luvell Anderson of the University of Memphis, Roberta Ballarin of the University of British Columbia, Nate Charlow of the University of Toronto, Allen Habib of the University of Calgary, Al Hájek of Australian National University and Lisa Lloyd of Indiana University.