Many areas of concentration are open to students in the Department of Philosophy at the University of New Mexico. Both Anglo-American and Continental approaches are well represented, and the department has special strengths in the history of philosophy, ethics, philosophy of art and literature, philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, American philosophy, philosophy of religion, phenomenology, and Asian philosophy. Because of our small size, students can expect a high degree of personal attention and interaction with the faculty.
The UNM Department of Philosophy encourages applications from students who wish to specialize in Indian philosophy at the Ph. D. level. The department has three faculty members who either specialize or have research interests in Indian thought: Richard Hayes (history of Buddhism, Buddhist logic and epistemology), John Taber (history of the Brahmanical systems, Indian logic, metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of language), and John Bussanich (Greek philosophy, mystical and religious philosophies, Indo-Greek comparative philosophy). The department is able to provide instruction in Sanskrit through the advanced level but also encourages students to attend intensive language courses offered elsewhere (e.g., the University of Chicago, American Institute of Indian Studies summer program in Pune). At this time we have four Ph.D. students working in Indian philosophy.
The Department of Philosophy maintains an active colloquium series with frequent visiting lecturers. In recent years the department has hosted the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division meeting and the annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy
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