Canadian Philosophy Programs in the PGR

table.lines td { vertical-align: top; border: 1px dashed gray; empty-cells: show; padding: 2pxWith the kind permission of Brian Leiter, I’m posting here the results of the Philosophical Gourmet Report 2004-06 for Canada. For each of the 11 ranked programs, I list the specialties for which that program is ranked. The rank ordering of all but the top four departments was quite different between the entire survey responses and the responses from Canadian evaluators, so I also included both overall and local rank and mean scores. The numbers following the specialties are: the peer group the program falls in, the rounded mean and the median score, or ‘N’ for ‘Notable’ (median of 3.0). See the overall rankings and the specialty rankings from the PGR for explanations.

Program
Ranked Specialties
University of

Toronto

Overall rank: 1 (3.5)

Canada rank: 1 (3.9)

Philosophical Logic (12-21, 3.5/4.0)

Normative Ethics and Moral Psychology (6-9, 4.0/4.0)

Metaethics (13-20, 3.0/3.0)

Political Philosophy (3-6, 4.0/4.0)

Philosophy of Law (12-24, 3.0/3.5)

Applied Ethics (1-8, 4.0/4.25)

Philosophy of Science (13-30, 3.5/3.5)

Philosophy of Biology (15-22, 3.0/3.0)

Philosophy of Social Science (21-43, 3.0/3.0)

Philosophy of Math (17-25, 3.0/3.25)

Mathematical Logic (10-16, 3.5/4.0)

Ancient Philosophy (5-7, 4.0/4.0)

Medieval Philosophy (4-5, 4.0/4.0)

Modern Philosophy: 17th C. (7-24, 3.5/3.75)

Modern Philosophy: 18th C. (7-14, 3.5/4.0)

Kant and German Idealism (10-21, 3.5/4.0)

History of Analytic Philosophy (24-34, 3.0/3.5)

20th C. Continental Philosophy (11-21, 3.0/3.5)

* American Pragmatism

Chinese Philosophy

Feminist Philosophy
University of

Western Ontario

Overall rank: 2 (2.5)

Canada rank: 2 (3.0)

Philosophy of Language (26-40, 3.0/3.0)

Applied Ethics (9-25, 3.5/3.5)

Philosophy of Science (13-30, 3.5/3.5)

Philosophy of Physics (10-15, 3.5/3.5)

Philosophy of Social Science (21-43, 3.0/3.0)

Decision Theory and Rational Choice (11-21, 3.0/3.5)

Mathematical Logic (17-21, 3.0/3.0)

Modern Philosophy: 17th C. (7-24, 3.5/4.0)

Modern Philosophy: 18th C. (7-14, 3.5/3.5)

Kant and German Idealism (10-21, 3.5/3.5)

Feminist Philosophy
University of

British Columbia

Overall rank: 2 (2.5)

Canada rank: 3 (2.7)

Philosophy of Art (3-9, 4.0/4.0)

Philosophy of Science (13-30, 3.5/3.5)

Philosophy of Biology (6-14, 3.5/3.5)

Philosophy of Social Science (10-20, 3.5/3.0)

Ancient Philosophy (N)

Modern Philosophy: 17th C. (7-24, 3.5/3.0)

Modern Philosophy: 18th C. (15-31, 3.0/3.0)

History of Analytic Philosophy (24-34, 3.0/3.0)
McGill University

Overall rank: 4 (2.4)

Canada rank: 4 (2.5)

Philosophical Logic (N)

Philosophy of Art (10-18, 3.5/3.75)

Philosophy of Math (17-25, 3.0/3.5)

Ancient Philosophy (16-23, 3.0/3.5)

Modern Philosophy: 17th C. (25-35, 3.0/3.5)

Modern Philosophy: 18th C. (15-31, 3.0/3.0)

Kant and German Idealism (22-30, 3.0/3.0)

History of Analytic Philosophy (N)
University of Alberta

Overall rank: 4 (2.2)

Canada rank: 6 (2.4)

Philosophy of Art (19-24, 3.0/2.75)

Philosophy of Science (N)

History of Analytic Philosophy (N)
Simon Fraser

University

Overall rank: 6 (2.1)

Canada rank: 9 (2.2)

Philosophy of Language (26-40, 3.0/3.0)

Philosophical Logic (N)

Decision Theory and Rational Choice (N)
Queen’s University

Overall rank: 6 (2.1)

Canada rank: 4 (2.5)

Political Philosophy (7-25, 3.5/3.5)

Applied Ethics (N)

Philosophy of Art (N)
University of Waterloo

Overall rank: 8 (2.0)

Canada Rank: 11 (2.0)

Applied Ethics (N)

Philosophy of Science (31-43, 3.0/3.0)
York University

Overall rank: 8 (2.0)

Canada rank: 9 (2.2)

Political Philosophy (N)

Philosophy of Law (8-11, 3.5/3.25)

Philosophy of Social Science (21-43, 3.0/3.0)

American Pragmatism

Feminist Philosophy
Tri-University (Guelph, McMaster, Laurier)

Overall rank: 10 (1.9)

Canada rank: 8 (2.2)

History of Analytic Philosophy (24-34, 3.0/3.5)
University of Calgary

Overall rank: 10 (1.9)

Canada rank: 6 (2.4)

Philosophy of Action (N)

Applied Ethics (26-44, 3.0/3.5)

Philosophy of Biology (N)

History of Analytic Philosophy (N)

American Pragmatism

PGR Is Out!

The new Philosophical Gourmet Report is out. Since everyone is looking at it right now, you might have trouble getting to the page, though.

I’m glad to see that Calgary is back in the ranking. The ranking of Canadia departments now includes 10 programs (which is more appropriate than the 5 previously ranked, by relative size of the country). Rankings are now done according to scaled mean (previously, programs were ranked according to raw mean). The scaled mean puts us in 11th place. However, if the ranking had been done by other indicators, we’d be tied for 10th (by raw mean), and tied for 6th (by raw local mean and by scaled local mean). We’re also in more specialty rankings: ranked in group 3 for Applied Ethics, “also notable” in Philosophy of Action, Philosophy of Biology, and History of Analytic Philosophy, and we’re listed in American Pragmatism.

Google Scholar Unveiled

Google now offers Google Scholar, a search engine for online papers. The CS community has had something like this for a while in the form of CiteSeer. Google Scholar, unlike CiteSeer, does not archive the papers, but it seems to get its data from a much wider selection of sources : not just personal webpages, but also arXiv, the PhilSci archive, publisher’s webpages, and databases such as ingenta. You get links to all the available versions of the document (preprint, published version) as well as searches for all papers that cite a given paper. Cool.

ASL Spring Meeting at APA Pacific

The ASL Spring Meeting will be held jointly with the APA Pacific in San Francisco, March 23-27, 2005. There will be two special sessions, both of which will be interesting for non-logicians:

Revising Beliefs about Game Theory: Strategies for Rational Choice

Logic Instruction and Philosophy Graduate Training

Abstracts of contributed papers are due in a month (December 10). Submit something and come!

Thinking of Moving to Canada?

Most jobs are advertised in JfP, but you might find some also at the CPA website and in University Affairs. Some ups: tenure is faster and easier to get, research funding (from SSHRC) is less competitive, more liberal sabbatical regulations than many places in the US (e.g., you can actually live on your sabbatical salary), and: students tend to stick around where they grew up to go to college, so you get very bright students even at not-so-good schools.