Texas Tech University

Department of Philosophy

The Texas Tech Philosophy Department, ranked among the top twelve Philosophy MA programs in the nation, is committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research, and service to the Texas Tech community. Our graduate and upper division classes are small, and students can expect to receive a great deal of individual attention from faculty. Members of the faculty mentor both graduate student teaching and individual research projects, including assisting students in preparing papers for regional conferences or for publication. Since our faculty specializations reflect a wide range of research interests, programs of study can reflect breadth as well as depth. We have particular strengths in Ethics, Aesthetics, and History of Philosophy. Our colloquium series allows students to meet directly with visiting philosophers of national and international renown. In all of this, we are committed to preparing students for the profession of philosophy, as well as for other professions such as law and public service.

News and Announcements:

  • Professor Mark Webb has been awarded faculty development leave for Fall 2019.
  • Texas Tech Philosophy is named 'Best for the Money' in Texas in national survey by College Factual.
  • Professor Joel Velasco has been promoted to the rank of associate professor.
  • The Department has established a local chapter of MAP (Minorities and Philosophy).
  • Professor Anna Ribeiro will be a guest professor of aesthetics at the University of Vienna in the summer of 2019.
  • Professor Christopher Hom received the 2018 Raiders Who Rock (Unsung Hero) Award.
  • Professor Howard Curzer was awarded the 2018 President's Excellence in Research Professorship.
  • The Department is pleased to announce that we have hired Justin Tosi (PhD, Arizona).  Dr. Tosi is currently a Junior Faculty Fellow at the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics, and will join us in Fall 2018.
  • Professor Daniel Nathan has been promoted to the rank of full professor.
  • Professor Joel Velasco received the 2018 Professing Excellence award.
  • The Department is pleased to announce that we have hired Bruno Whittle (DPhil, Oxford) and Amy Flowerree (PhD, Northwestern).  Dr. Whittle will join us in Fall 2017, and Dr. Flowerree will join us in Fall 2018 after completing a one-year postdoc at the Center for Contemporary Epistemology and the Kantian Tradition, at the University of Cologne.
  • Professor Anna Christina Ribeiro has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Society for Aesthetics (2017- 2020).
  • Professor Mark Webb was awarded a Lawrence Schovanec Teaching Development Scholarship.
  • Professor Christopher Hom was selected as a 2017 Alumni College Fellow. 
  • Since 2008, the Philosophy Department at Texas Tech University has secured $693,152 in grants and external funding.

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Philosophy Building

Department of Philosophy