Friday, August 24, 2012
I know many of them, and am happy to answer questions, but that's not the point of this post. The main point is to remind my law readers that a lot of the top PhD programs in philosophy are not at "elite" universities (NYU, Rutgers, and Pittsburgh are, uncontroversially, among the top five programs in the US, on a par, or better than, Princeton and Harvard, among many others; North Carolina and Arizona are also excellent, for example). By contrast, several "elite" universities have philosophy programs that are not in the top 20, or barely so (e.g., Chicago, Duke, Penn, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern). For years, I've been the editor of the leading guide to philosophy PhD programs, based on a roughly bi-ennial survey of over 300 philosophers (including most of the leading figures in the field); Wiley-Blackwell publishes the report here. All that being said, Penn has run a very good JD/PhD program for nearly 20 years now, and any graduate of that program deserves a serious look (and esp. this year). I hope Chicago will eventually do the same, though that's a complicated story for another day! There are, in any case, no Chicago JD/PhDs in Philosophy on the teaching market.