The Philosophy Department is housed in Moses Hall, near the Campanile on the main UC Berkeley campus. The building was designed in 1931 by George Kelham, who had earlier designed many San Francisco landmarks, including the old Main Library and the old Federal Reserve. Until the 1960s, the building was named Eshleman Hall and housed student publications, the band, and the chorus. It was renamed after Bernard Moses (1846-1930), U.C.’s first historian and the founder of Berkeley’s Political Science Department. The Philosophy Department moved into Moses during the 1970s. Concerns about views expressed in Moses’s writings, for example his apparent endorsement of lynching in the post-war South, have led the Department to consider proposing to the University that the building be renamed. As of Fall 2020, this consideration is actively under way, led by the Department’s Equity Task Force. Updates will be posted on the News section of our website.
The Howison Philosophy Library is located on the third floor of Moses
Hall. Its collection originated as the personal library of George Howison,
the founding member of the Berkeley philosophy department, and it now
includes 60 periodicals and over 10,000 monographs
(click here to view the catalog). The Department holds
colloquia and other events in the Library.
Howison Library is not a circulating library, it is open to the general public;
for its hours, please call 642-2722.
The Dennes Room
The Dennes Room (234 Moses Hall) is named in honor of Professor William Dennes, who played a central role in reshaping the Philosophy Department in the 1960s. The room is used for philosophy seminars and meetings.
Once the rehearsal room for the university band and chorus, 301 Moses Hall now houses the graduate students' lounge, offices, computer room, and mailboxes. It is also the site of the department's post-colloquium receptions.
The Stroud Room
The Stroud Room (302 Moses Hall) is named in honor of Professor Barry Stroud. Formerly the Chair’s Office, it is being renovated through donations from his family, friends, students, and colleagues. It will be home to a set of Stroud’s books, representing his intellectual biography, and will host philosophy seminars and meetings.