Robert Hughes (University of Pennsylvania) writes in:
I am writing to ask if you would be willing to include a post in The Philosophers’ Cocoon about the Ph.D. in Ethics & Legal Studies at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. This is an opportunity for aspiring academic ethicists that some talented candidates may not know about.
Our Ph.D. program is housed in a business school, and it is intended for students who plan to seek tenure-track positions at business schools or law schools. Though the program is interdisciplinary, philosophical normative business ethics is a major focus of the program.
The department includes six tenured or tenure-track philosophers, all of whom specialize in moral, political, or legal philosophy. Our faculty have published in top tier philosophy journals including Ethics, Philosophy & Public Affairs, Journal of Political Philosophy, Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Studies, Analysis, and Mind, in addition to top business ethics and applied ethics journals including Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, Economics and Philosophy, Bioethics, and Journal of Applied Philosophy.
Our program invites students to enrich their philosophical education with classes in firm theory, organizational theory, strategy, and economics to form a holistic understanding of business and its normative implications. Students also benefit from taking graduate courses in philosophy in Penn's Philosophy Department and courses in other areas of the university. Students have the option of pursing a joint degree with the Philosophy Department.
Our recent Ph.D. candidate job placements have included business schools and departments at Carnegie Mellon University, Notre Dame University, and George Washington University. We offer an annual living stipend competitive with other business school Ph.D. programs (contingent upon good standing), and we provide discretionary travel, research, and conference funding. Students receive fully funded health care benefits.
Interested students can find more information at our program website. The deadline for applications is December 15. Strong GRE or GMAT scores are required. More information about our philosophy faculty is available here:
Brian Berkey (Ph.D., UC Berkeley), Thomas Donaldson (Ph.D., Kansas), Robert Hughes (Ph.D., UCLA), Julian Jonker (Ph.D., UC Berkeley), Amy Sepinwall (Ph.D., Georgetown), Alan Strudler (Ph.D., Arizona).
Students or advisors who have questions about our program would be welcome to contact me.
Robert C. Hughes
Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department
The Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania
668 Jon M. Huntsman Hall