University of Calgary: 5th ranked Philosophy Program in Canada (according the the new PGR)

Posted on November 17, 2014 by


Some preliminary results from the PGR are in and the University of Calgary is now recognized as a top 5 program in Philosophy in all of Canada (See Brian Leiter’s recent blog post claiming this here). We recently hired Ken Waters (Philosophy of Science/Biology) and with some great work being done by our younger philosophers as well as the usual high caliber philosophy being done by some of our senior faculty (see herehere, here, and here) it seems that other philosophers are noticing that the philosophy being done at the University of Calgary is very high quality. (Disclaimer: Ish Haji is my supervisor and I am a PhD Candidate in Philosophy at the University of Calgary.

I have linked the text from Leiter’s blog post below and bolded (made this word up?) the section which discusses Calgary’s jump into the top 5:

“In the U.S., they are Yale University (from #7 to #5, occupying that spot by itself), University of Southern California (from #11 to #8, tied with Stanford), University of California at Berkeley (from #14 to #10, tied with others), University of Texas at Austin (from #20 to #17, tied with others), University of California at Irvine (from #29 to #24, tied with others), Washington University in St. Louis (from #31 to #24, tied with others), University of Virginia (from #37 to #31, tied with others), University of Connecticut, Storrs (from #50 to #37, tied with others), and Saint Louis University (which was not evaluated in 2011 and was outside the top 50 in prior iterations, to #47 this time, tied with others).

In the U.K., they are University of Edinburgh (from #8 to #4), London School of Economics (from #11 to #6, tied with UCL), University of Birmingham (which was not evaluated last time, and was not in the top 15 in prior iterations, to #8, tied with Leeds), and University of Bristol (from #13 to #10, tied with Sheffield).

In Canada, the University of Calgary tied Alberta at 5th, having not been evaluated last time and not been in the top five in prior iterations.

In Australasia, there were no big movers.

More results over the next few days.  Fortunately, the sociologist Kieran Healy has agreed to prepare confidence intervals for the overall ranking (since the further down, the less robust the ordinal rank), a useful idea raised during a session at the 2013 Central Division meeting in which Kieran participated, and which was organized by Pete Railton and Sandy Goldberg.”