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Population:
 
Survey:  

Selected sample: Philosophy faculty or PhD
Sample size: 1803

Areas of specialization

Philosophy of Mind
 
 414
Metaphysics
 
 390
Epistemology
 
 328
Philosophy of Language
 
 304
Normative Ethics
 
 274
Social and Political Philosophy
 
 203
Meta-Ethics
 
 187
17th/18th Century Philosophy
 
 185
General Philosophy of Science
 
 150
Logic and Philosophy of Logic
 
 148
Philosophy of Cognitive Science
 
 122
Applied Ethics
 
 112
Ancient Greek Philosophy
 
 101
Philosophy of Religion
 
 101
Philosophy of Physical Science
 
 90
20th Century Philosophy
 
 85
Philosophy of Action
 
 84
Aesthetics
 
 72
Continental Philosophy
 
 70
19th Century Philosophy
 
 70
Philosophy of Biology
 
 65
Philosophy of Mathematics
 
 59
Philosophy of Law
 
 57
Metaphilosophy
 
 47
Philosophy of Social Science
 
 45
Decision Theory
 
 40
Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
 
 35
Philosophy of Gender, Race, and Sexuality
 
 32
Philosophy of Probability
 
 23
Asian Philosophy
 
 21
Philosophy of Computing and Information
 
 11
Philosophy of the Americas
 
 6
n < 5 omitted

Primary area of specialization

Philosophy of Mind
 
 195
Metaphysics
 
 162
Epistemology
 
 151
Philosophy of Language
 
 135
Normative Ethics
 
 125
17th/18th Century Philosophy
 
 118
Social and Political Philosophy
 
 99
Meta-Ethics
 
 90
Ancient Greek Philosophy
 
 77
Logic and Philosophy of Logic
 
 64
General Philosophy of Science
 
 62
Philosophy of Cognitive Science
 
 56
Philosophy of Physical Science
 
 53
Continental Philosophy
 
 37
Applied Ethics
 
 34
19th Century Philosophy
 
 33
20th Century Philosophy
 
 32
Philosophy of Biology
 
 29
Philosophy of Action
 
 29
Philosophy of Religion
 
 27
Aesthetics
 
 25
Philosophy of Law
 
 21
Philosophy of Mathematics
 
 17
Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
 
 16
Philosophy of Social Science
 
 11
Asian Philosophy
 
 9
Decision Theory
 
 9
Philosophy of Gender, Race, and Sexuality
 
 7
Metaphilosophy
 
 6
Philosophy of Probability
 
 6
n < 5 omitted

Nationality

United States of America
 
 842
United Kingdom
 
 237
Canada
 
 111
Australia
 
 96
Germany
 
 63
Spain
 
 28
Sweden
 
 28
Italy
 
 27
France
 
 21
New Zealand
 
 21
Ireland
 
 16
Israel
 
 13
Switzerland
 
 13
Netherlands
 
 12
Mexico
 
 12
China
 
 10
Russia
 
 10
Denmark
 
 10
Argentina
 
 10
India
 
 9
Belgium
 
 9
Finland
 
 9
Brazil
 
 9
Hungary
 
 9
Austria
 
 7
Romania
 
 6
Norway
 
 5
Portugal
 
 5
Poland
 
 5
South Africa
 
 5
South Korea
 
 5
n < 5 omitted
1708 out of 1803 respondents specified a nationality.

Country of primary affiliation

United States of America
 
 915
United Kingdom
 
 255
Canada
 
 114
Australia
 
 90
Germany
 
 30
Sweden
 
 23
New Zealand
 
 22
Spain
 
 20
Hungary
 
 15
France
 
 15
Switzerland
 
 11
Mexico
 
 9
Italy
 
 8
Netherlands
 
 8
Belgium
 
 7
Brazil
 
 7
Denmark
 
 5
Israel
 
 5
n < 5 omitted
198 cases with unknown country due to incomplete data on institutions.
1736 out of 1803 respondents specified an affiliation.

Country of PhD institution

United States of America
 
 859
United Kingdom
 
 231
Australia
 
 88
Canada
 
 59
Germany
 
 32
Spain
 
 18
Sweden
 
 18
Switzerland
 
 14
Belgium
 
 9
Netherlands
 
 8
Finland
 
 7
Italy
 
 7
China
 
 6
Austria
 
 5
Poland
 
 5
n < 5 omitted
31 cases with unknown country due to incomplete data on institutions.
1454 out of 1803 respondents specified a PhD institution

Gender

Male
 
 1419
Female
 
 282
1701 out of 1803 respondents specified a gender.

Year of birth

1920s
 
 5
1930s
 
 47
1940s
 
 264
1950s
 
 280
1960s
 
 440
1970s
 
 546
1980s
 
 92
n < 5 omitted
1678 out of 1803 respondents specified their year of birth.

Tradition

analytic
 
 1465
continental
 
 121
both
 
 21
pragmatism
 
 20
naturalism
 
 11
historical
 
 11
none
 
 7
n < 5 omitted
1728 out of 1803 respondents specified a tradition.

Non-living philosophers most identified with

Hume
 
 269
Aristotle
 
 248
Kant
 
 231
Wittgenstein
 
 176
Quine
 
 145
Russell
 
 126
Frege
 
 123
Lewis
 
 110
Davidson
 
 97
Mill
 
 85
Plato
 
 83
Carnap
 
 79
Rawls
 
 78
Locke
 
 65
Nietzsche
 
 54
Spinoza
 
 52
Moore
 
 51
Descartes
 
 45
Marx
 
 44
Hegel
 
 39
Socrates
 
 39
Heidegger
 
 38
Aquinas
 
 36
Leibniz
 
 36
Husserl
 
 35
Anscombe
 
 25
Dewey
 
 21
Sellars
 
 21
Hobbes
 
 19
Kierkegaard
 
 18
Peirce
 
 17
Merleau-Ponty
 
 14
James
 
 12
Augustine
 
 11
Berkeley
 
 11
Reid
 
 9
Rousseau
 
 8
Austin
 
 7
Foucault
 
 6
Derrida
 
 5
Whitehead
 
 5
Sidgwick
 
 5
Grice
 
 5
n < 5 omitted
1379 out of 1803 respondents specified at least one philosopher.