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Population:
 
Survey:  

Selected sample: Target faculty
Sample size: 931

Areas of specialization

Metaphysics
 
 234
Philosophy of Mind
 
 191
Philosophy of Language
 
 172
Epistemology
 
 160
Normative Ethics
 
 139
17th/18th Century Philosophy
 
 107
Meta-Ethics
 
 102
Social and Political Philosophy
 
 100
General Philosophy of Science
 
 94
Logic and Philosophy of Logic
 
 92
Ancient Greek Philosophy
 
 64
Philosophy of Physical Science
 
 61
Philosophy of Cognitive Science
 
 56
Philosophy of Religion
 
 47
Applied Ethics
 
 44
Philosophy of Action
 
 43
20th Century Philosophy
 
 42
Aesthetics
 
 38
Philosophy of Biology
 
 38
19th Century Philosophy
 
 37
Philosophy of Mathematics
 
 35
Decision Theory
 
 31
Philosophy of Law
 
 28
Continental Philosophy
 
 25
Philosophy of Social Science
 
 21
Metaphilosophy
 
 21
Philosophy of Probability
 
 19
Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
 
 17
Philosophy of Gender, Race, and Sexuality
 
 17
Asian Philosophy
 
 10
n < 5 omitted

Primary area of specialization

Metaphysics
 
 90
Philosophy of Mind
 
 83
Philosophy of Language
 
 81
Normative Ethics
 
 71
17th/18th Century Philosophy
 
 70
Epistemology
 
 68
Ancient Greek Philosophy
 
 52
Social and Political Philosophy
 
 48
Meta-Ethics
 
 47
Logic and Philosophy of Logic
 
 39
General Philosophy of Science
 
 36
Philosophy of Physical Science
 
 34
Philosophy of Cognitive Science
 
 28
Philosophy of Biology
 
 21
Aesthetics
 
 15
19th Century Philosophy
 
 15
Continental Philosophy
 
 13
Applied Ethics
 
 12
Philosophy of Religion
 
 12
20th Century Philosophy
 
 11
Philosophy of Action
 
 10
Philosophy of Law
 
 9
Decision Theory
 
 9
Philosophy of Mathematics
 
 9
Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
 
 7
Philosophy of Social Science
 
 5
n < 5 omitted

Nationality

United States of America
 
 474
United Kingdom
 
 154
Canada
 
 65
Australia
 
 40
Germany
 
 34
Sweden
 
 15
Spain
 
 14
France
 
 13
New Zealand
 
 12
Ireland
 
 8
Italy
 
 7
Switzerland
 
 7
n < 5 omitted
884 out of 931 respondents specified a nationality.

Country of primary affiliation

United States of America
 
 563
United Kingdom
 
 178
Canada
 
 79
Australia
 
 27
New Zealand
 
 15
Sweden
 
 13
France
 
 11
Spain
 
 11
Germany
 
 10
Hungary
 
 8
Switzerland
 
 5
n < 5 omitted
11 cases with unknown country due to incomplete data on institutions.
923 out of 931 respondents specified an affiliation.

Country of PhD institution

United States of America
 
 491
United Kingdom
 
 119
Australia
 
 30
Canada
 
 27
Germany
 
 16
Spain
 
 8
Sweden
 
 7
Switzerland
 
 6
n < 5 omitted
7 cases with unknown country due to incomplete data on institutions.
725 out of 931 respondents specified a PhD institution

Gender

Male
 
 719
Female
 
 162
881 out of 931 respondents specified a gender.

Year of birth

1930s
 
 31
1940s
 
 186
1950s
 
 174
1960s
 
 251
1970s
 
 209
1980s
 
 16
n < 5 omitted
870 out of 931 respondents specified their year of birth.

Tradition

analytic
 
 820
continental
 
 34
both
 
 7
pragmatism
 
 7
naturalism
 
 5
historical
 
 5
n < 5 omitted
903 out of 931 respondents specified a tradition.

Non-living philosophers most identified with

Hume
 
 139
Aristotle
 
 118
Kant
 
 113
Wittgenstein
 
 73
Frege
 
 70
Lewis
 
 69
Russell
 
 61
Quine
 
 61
Davidson
 
 49
Carnap
 
 45
Mill
 
 42
Rawls
 
 42
Plato
 
 37
Locke
 
 35
Moore
 
 27
Spinoza
 
 22
Nietzsche
 
 21
Descartes
 
 19
Leibniz
 
 18
Hegel
 
 16
Socrates
 
 14
Marx
 
 13
Heidegger
 
 12
Husserl
 
 10
Hobbes
 
 9
Aquinas
 
 9
Anscombe
 
 8
Berkeley
 
 7
Dewey
 
 7
Sellars
 
 7
Kierkegaard
 
 6
Peirce
 
 6
n < 5 omitted
672 out of 931 respondents specified at least one philosopher.