University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky is an excellent institution at which to study 19th- and 20th-century continental philosophy, as well as other areas of philosophy (including the history of philosophy). The Department of Philosophy specializes in and covers practically the entire span of modern and contemporary European philosophy, with particular depth in Leibniz, Kant, post-Kantianism, Fichte, German Idealism, Nietzsche, Marx, the phenomenological movement from Husserl to Heidegger and beyond, existentialism, Lebensphilosophie, Wittgenstein, critical social theory from the first through the third generations, and French poststructuralism. Faculty research from a continental perspective extends from metaphysics and epistemology, to the philosophy of language, the philosophy of social sciences, social and political philosophy, critical race theory, and moral philosophy.  Many faculty in other departments also work on figures and themes from the continental tradition, and graduate students are encouraged to sample courses in other departments and establish multidisciplinary dissertation committees.  The program is oriented towards the doctoral degree, and all entering Ph.D. students are guaranteed at least five years of support through full tuition waivers, free health insurance, and stipends between $11,000 and $18,000/year in the form of teaching assistantships and fellowships.  We encourage you to contact the director of graduate studies and peruse our website for more information.