Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

3-5 years
Credit Hours:

42 (with master's) or 72 (with bachelor's)
Explore the moral relationship between humans and the environment and uncover the hidden ways in which climate change impacts different demographics.
When you pursue a Ph.D. in Philosophy with a concentration at the University of North Texas, you'll join an internationally recognized program that is known for its focus on environmental ethics and philosophy.Our world-renowned doctoral program offers specializations in ethics and philosophy. Faculty have expertise in philosophy and public policy, philosophy in science and technology, and religion and ecology. We encourage both traditional scholarship and more practical, engaged and collaborative approaches in philosophy, as well as interdisciplinarity and work that addresses public concerns. We house several research centers, manage various research programs and publish the field's leading philosophy journal, Environmental Ethics.

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Why Earn a Philosophy Ph.D.?

UNT's Philosophy Ph.D. Program offers a world-class educational experience and foundational training in environmental philosophy, the history of Western philosophy, philosophy of science and technology and related fields. The program is designed to prepare students for careers both within academia and in non-academic sectors.

The Department of Philosophy and Religion is a diverse community of international faculty, students, and staff whose commitment to philosophizing the most pressing scientific, political and social issues of our day takes us to the edge of current research practices while keeping us firmly in touch with the perennial processes of philosophy.

You'll study with nationally and internationally recognized professors and researchers. Our program was founded by emeritus professors Eugene C. Hargrove and Pete A.Y. Gunter. Our faculty members work in the field as well as the classroom, teaching courses in:

  • Eco-feminism
  • Eco-phenomenology
  • Environmental aesthetics
  • Environmental justice
  • Environmental policy
  • Environmental justice
  • Hinduism and Jainism
  • Land ethics
  • Philosophy of animals
  • Philosophy of biocultural conservation
  • Philosophy of ecology
  • Philosophy of food
  • Philosophy of science and technology
  • Philosophy of water
  • Religion and ecology
Marketable Skills
  • Formal deductive and inductive methods
  • Ability to write a book-length manuscript
  • Pedagogical practices
  • Knowledge of ethical theory
  • Ability to translate theory to practice

Philosophy Ph.D. Highlights

We are home to the first journal in the field, Environmental Ethics (founded 1979) and the Center for Environmental Philosophy.
We are also home to the world's first field station in environmental philosophy, science, and policy at Cape Horn, Chile.
UNT Philosophy has the country's only research group on the philosophy of impact.
We pursue a number of research projects, including the Philosophy of Water Project, The Philosophy of Food Project, and the Philosophy for Children Project.
UNT welcomes leaders of local non-governmental organizations in these regions to communicative engagements to share their strategies for empowering villagers toward self-reliance, discussing challenges they face, and contributing their insights with specialists working in anthropology and environmental philosophy.
The Philosophy and Religion Graduate Student Association (PRGSA) is a student organization for graduate students studying Philosophy and Religion at UNT. that fosters and strengthen community among philosophy graduate students, present a shared graduate student voice to the faculty and creates dialogue between the faculty and graduate students.

Philosophy Ph.D. Courses You Could Take

Christianity and the Environment (3 hrs)
Historic and contemporary overview of Christian philosophy and theology concerning the environment.
Ecofeminism: Women’s Studies and Environmental Ethics (3 hrs)
Examines the merger of feminism with environmental ethics and its subsequent evolution. Subject matter includes the analysis of patriarchy, gender issues, and multicultural perspectives within the larger framework of ethical and philosophical responses to ecocrises.
Environmental Ethics, Science and Public Policy (3 hrs)
Investigates the policy turn in environmental philosophy, exploring ways to make environmental ethics and environmental philosophy more relevant to scientists and engineers, decision-makers, public agencies, and stakeholders groups.
Environmental Justice (3 hrs)
Examination of the histories, concepts, philosophical implications, and the struggles of people in shaping the environmental justice movement. Examines the underlying notions of environmental goods and harms, the perspectives of environmental law and policy, and the politics of environmental identities.
Philosophy of Science and Technology (3 hrs)
Focused examination of the relationship between science and technology, the role of experiment and instrumentation in scientific practice, the social construction of scientific knowledge and technical artifacts, the nature of technology in human perception and experience, and the broader social impacts of science and technology.
Religion and Ecology (3 hrs)
Exploration of resources for environmental philosophy and philosophy of ecology in world religions, focusing on South and East Asian traditions.

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