Carnegie Mellon University

Ph.D. Program in Philosophy and
Ph.D. Program in Logic, Computation and Methodology

The Philosophy Department at Carnegie Mellon University is distinguished by its scientific approach to philosophical issues in:

Cognition, AI, and Philosophy of Psychology

  • history and philosophy of psychology
  • artificial intelligence
  • neural networks
  • knowledge representation
  • semantics and pragmatics of natural language
  • foundations of computation

Decision, Rational Choice, and Applied Ethics

  • foundations of decision theory
  • game theory
  • rational choice
  • political philosophy
  • bioethics
  • ethics and public policy

Epistemology, Scientific Method

  • epistemology
  • foundations of statistics
  • belief revision and knowledge representation
  • causal inference and discovery
  • computational learning theory
  • automated deduction

Logic and Mathematical Thought

  • proof theory
  • category theory
  • constructive logic and type theories
  • automated deduction
  • logic of computation
  • history of modern logic
  • philosophy of mathematics
  • philosophy of logic

Philosophy of Language and Linguistics

  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of linguistics (foundations of linguistic theory)
  • Formal semantics of natural language
  • Pragmatics
  • Information structure and discourse dynamics

The PhD program seeks students interested in any of the above areas or combinations thereof and provides full tuition and health insurance along with a generous stipend for teaching assistance.

The department's interdisciplinary research thrust affords an unusually broad range of career possibilities. Graduates of the program have been offered positions in Philosophy, Mathematics, Psychology, Computer Science, and Statistics, as well as research positions in industry. This wide range of interesting career opportunities reflects the department's unique dedication to serious, interdisciplinary research ties.

Graduates of our PhD program who have gone on to prominent positions include:

  • Conor Mayo-Wilson, Department of Philosophy, University of Washington
  • Hanti Lin, Department of Philosophy, University of California at Davis
  • Yimu Yin, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Mathematics
  • Frederick Eberhardt, Caltech, Department of Philosophy
  • Jiji Zhang, Caltech, Department of Philosophy
  • Jeff Helzner, Columbia University, Department of Philosophy
  • Tianjiao Chu, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine
  • Alberto Momigliano, University of Edinburgh, Department of Computer Science
  • John Byrnes, Fair Isaac Corporation (lead software developer)
  • Oliver Schulte, Simon Fraser University, Department of Philosophy and Department of Computer Science
  • Chris Meek, Microsoft Research (senior researcher, machine learning and applied statistics)
  • Thomas Richardson, University of Washington, Department of Statistics

For a complete listing of our graduates and our placement record, see our alumni page.