This wiki provides an unranked list of PhD (and, eventually, terminal MA) programs with strengths in philosophy of mathematics. The primary intended audience is prospective or current graduate students with interests in philosophy of mathematics who want to get the lay of the land by seeing who works where, and on what.
- 1 Note to Prospective Graduate Students
- 2 How to Contribute
- 3 Standards, Practices, and Guidelines
- 4 PhD Programs (Australasia)
- 5 PhD Programs (Canada)
- 6 PhD Programs (Continental Europe & Scandinavia)
- 7 PhD Programs (United Kingdom)
- 7.1 Birkbeck, University of London
- 7.2 University of Birmingham
- 7.3 University of Bristol
- 7.4 University of Cambridge
- 7.5 University of East Anglia
- 7.6 University of Glasgow
- 7.7 University of Hertfordshire
- 7.8 University of Kent
- 7.9 King's College London
- 7.10 University of Leeds
- 7.11 University of Manchester
- 7.12 University of Oxford
- 7.13 University of Sheffield
- 7.14 University of Southampton
- 7.15 St Andrews and Stirling
- 7.16 University of Warwick
- 7.17 University of York
- 8 PhD Programs (United States)
- 8.1 University of Arizona
- 8.2 Brown University
- 8.3 Boston University
- 8.4 University of California, Berkeley
- 8.5 University of California, Davis
- 8.6 University of California, Irvine
- 8.7 University of California, Los Angeles
- 8.8 University of California, Riverside
- 8.9 Carnegie Mellon University
- 8.10 University of Chicago
- 8.11 Columbia University
- 8.12 University of Connecticut
- 8.13 Cornell University
- 8.14 Harvard University
- 8.15 University of Illinois, Chicago
- 8.16 University of Kansas
- 8.17 University of Miami
- 8.18 University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
- 8.19 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- 8.20 New York University
- 8.21 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
- 8.22 Northwestern University
- 8.23 University of Notre Dame
- 8.24 Ohio State University
- 8.25 University of Pennsylvania
- 8.26 University of Pittsburgh
- 8.27 Princeton University
- 8.28 University of Southern California
- 8.29 Stanford University
- 8.30 Texas A&M University
- 8.31 University of Texas at Austin
- 8.32 University of Washington
- 9 MA Programs
- 10 Notes
- 11 Wiki Editing Resources
Note to Prospective Graduate Students
The purpose of this wiki is to aid your search for graduate programs in philosophy of mathematics that suit your tastes. It does so in two ways. First, by listing as many graduate programs for philosophy of mathematics as possible, and, second, by making research into those programs more convenient and efficient by identifying the relevant philosophy of mathematics faculty and providing easy access to their bios, research interests, CVs, partial publication lists, etc. However, while this site may be where your research into programs starts, it decidedly should not be where it ends. You need to dig around and do your due diligence—e.g., contact people within the programs—in order to put yourself in the best possible position to make an informed decision about where to apply. Best of luck!
How to Contribute
This is a wiki, so anyone can contribute. No account is needed—though you are encouraged to create one—and all changes can be rolled back, so edit with a free hand.
Wiki formatting/markup is very straightforward. Just click 'Edit' at the top of the page—or next to the entry you want to modify—and mimic the format of existing entries. Not all entries list the specialties of faculty members or whether faculty members are willing to work with new students. If that information is known, please add it, since it is very helpful to prospective students.
Adding and subtracting
If programs or faculty members have been overlooked, please add them! If programs or faculty are listed that should not be (by the lights of the Standards, Practices, and Guidelines section), then you are encouraged to remove them, and to indicate why you have done so in the editing summary box. Information will date rapidly, so please help keep things accurate and up to date.
This site does not pretend to provide an exhaustive list of philosophy of mathematics graduate programs, though that is the goal. Contributing will help us achieve that goal sooner rather than later.
Wiki Program Pages
Every program listed also has a separate Wiki Program Page where additional information can be provided to prospective students. While the style and format of this main page should be kept consistent, individual Wiki Program Pages can take any form whatsoever. To edit one of these pages, simply follow the Wiki Program Page link underneath the department listing of interest and edit that page. To add a Wiki Program Page, follow the directions here.
Programs with significant participation of affiliated faculty are strongly urged to use Wiki Program Pages for the purpose of listing them and explaining their role and involvement with philosophy of mathematics graduate students. Simply linking on the main page to affiliated faculty in, e.g., a math department, computer science department, linguistics department, etc., is likely to be confusing to prospective students who do not know how these individuals are connected to the PhD program they are researching.
This wiki is at present very incomplete: many departments, individuals at listed departments, specialisations, emeritus and affiliated faculty are not included. Here are some links which can be of use when filling in the blanks.
- Directory of Philosophers from Underrepresented Groups in Philosophy
- Network for Philosophy of Mathematics in Europe
- Philosophical Gourmet Report
Standards, Practices, and Guidelines
- The criterion for program inclusion is that a philosophy (or interdisciplinary) PhD program have at least one full-time permanent faculty member with a research interest in philosophy of mathematics. Programs do not have to be in English-speaking departments.
- The standard of evidence required to make the list is an indication that philosophy of mathematics is a primary research interest, as demonstrated, for example, by recent publications or presentations. The evidence can, e.g., be on a university or personal website, on a publicly available CV, or a research database.
- Philosophers who have made contributions to philosophy of mathematics but who do not list it as a current research interest are usually not listed. That said, erring on the side of being inclusive is generally a good policy since prospective students can peruse bios, CVs, and publication lists to help determine whether they think a given faculty member would be potentially helpful for their research interests.
- Mathematical logic, philosophical logic and philosophy of logic are not, on their own, counted as philosophy of mathematics. There are many philosophers and logicians whose primary work is in those areas, but who contribute to the philosophy of mathematics alongside or as part of their main research; feel free to list them. Researchers at or affiliated with the program who have relevant expertise but who do not contribute directly to the philosophy of mathematics (such as pure mathematical logicians) should be listed on the department-specific pages.
- Try to be specific when listing specialties and please keep them related to the philosophy of mathematics. For example, the metaphysics of abstract objects would be a relevant research speciality, as would proof theory.
- Please list part-time and (if active) emeritus faculty with the affiliate faculty on the department-specific pages.
PhD Programs (Australasia)
PhD Programs (Canada)
- Hannes Leitgeb // website, PhilPapers
- Specialties: structuralism, informal provability, abstraction, criteria of identity.
- Øystein Linnebo // website, PhilPapers
- Specialties: Logicism, Frege, plural quantification, structuralism, modal set theory.
- Sorin Bangu // website, PhilPapers
- Specialties: Applicability of mathematics, indispensability arguments, Wittgenstein's philosophy of mathematics.
- Ole Hjortland // website, PhilPapers
- Specialties: Philosophy of mathematics, logic, formal epistemology.
PhD Programs (United Kingdom)
- Richard Pettigrew // website, CV, PhilPapers
- Specialties: structuralism, finitism, nominalism, category theory
- Michael Beaney // website, PhilPapers
- Carlo Nicolai // website, PhilPeople
- David Papineau // website, PhilPapers
- Walter Dean // website, PhilPapers
- Specialties: proof theory, history and philosophy of computation, the Knower paradox, Montague's paradox.
PhD Programs (United States)
- Toby Meadows // website, PhilPapers
- Specialities: Semantic Theories of Truth, Philosophy of Set Theory, Strong Logics, Quantified Modal Model Theory
- Daniel Sutherland // website, PhilPapers
- Specialties: Kant's philosophy of mathematics, mathematical cognition.
- Vann McGee // website, PhilPapers
- Agustín Rayo // website, PhilPapers
- Bradford Skow // website, PhilPapers
- Stephen Yablo // website, PhilPapers
- This site is not in the business of giving prospective students advice—on how to select programs or anything else—but it can be very helpful and illuminating to contact graduate students currently enrolled in departments you are considering and asking if they would be willing to share their impressions of and experience in the programs. The worst that can happen is that they say 'no'. Of course, what they share must be taken with a grain of salt since everyone's experiences differ, and disgruntled students will paint a radically different picture than contented ones. For that reason, seeking out multiple sources can be worthwhile.
- Also, as long as a department has one permanent, full-time, self-described philosopher of mathematics, the graduate program is listed.