Philosophical Gourmet Report

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The Philosophical Gourmet Report (also known as the Leiter Report or PGR), founded by philosophy and law professor Brian Leiter and now edited by philosophy professors Berit Brogaard and Christopher Pynes, is a ranking of graduate programs in philosophy in the English-speaking world.[1][2]


The "Gourmet" Report ranking was created in response to the Gourman Report, and is based on a survey of philosophers who are nominated as evaluators by the Report's Advisory Board. Its purpose is to provide guidance to prospective Ph.D students, particularly those students who intend to pursue a professional career in academic philosophy. The Report first appeared on the web in 1996; it has been distributed by Blackwell since 1997.

In 1989, while he was a graduate student, Leiter made a subjective list of what he believed to be the top 25 graduate philosophy programs in the United States, which came to be the PGR.[3] The PGR was described by David L. Kirp in a 2003 New York Times op-ed as "the bible for prospective [philosophy] graduate students."[4] George Yancy, in Reframing the Practice of Philosophy: Bodies of Color, Bodies of Knowledge (SUNY Press, 2012), opined that Philosophical Gourmet Report ranking: "is, of course, very controversial. However, as is often pointed out, there is no real alternative."[5] Carlin Romano, in America the Philosophical (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2013), referred to the PGR rankings as "often-criticized" and "biased towards mainstream analytic departments".[6]

In 2002, 175 philosophers signed an open letter calling on Leiter to stop producing the PGR.[7] In fall 2014, over 600 philosophers signed a petition to boycott the PGR. The petition was organized by some philosophers at University of British Columbia to protest what they called a "derogatory and intimidating" e-mail sent by Leiter to one of their colleagues. Leiter claimed the recipient had threatened him.[3] 24 of the 56 members of the Advisory Board of the PGR recommended he relinquish control over the Report's management.[3] In response, Leiter appointed Berit Brogaard, a philosophy professor at the University of Miami, as co-editor for the 2014 report and agreed to step down as editor of subsequent editions.[8] Leiter subsequently appointed Christopher Pynes of Western Illinois University as co-editor of future editions.

Overall ranking worldwide (top 10)[edit]

Rank (2017–18) School Country
1 New York University USA
2 Oxford University UK
2 Rutgers University USA
4 Princeton University USA
5 University of Michigan USA
5 University of Pittsburgh USA
7 Yale University USA
8 Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA
8 University of Southern California USA
10 Columbia University USA
10 Harvard University USA
10 Stanford University USA
10 University of California, Berkeley USA
10 University of California, Los Angeles USA
10 University of Toronto Canada

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ana Dubnjakovic, Patrick Tomlin (2010). A Practical Guide to Electronic Resources in the Humanities. Elsevier.
  2. ^ "The Philosophical Gourmet Report 2014-15"
  3. ^ a b c Schmidt, Peter (September 26, 2014). "The Man Who Ranks Philosophy Departments Now Rankles Them, Too". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Archived from the original on September 26, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  4. ^ Kirp, David (October 27, 2003). "How Much for That Professor?". The New York Times. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  5. ^ George Yancy (2012). Reframing the Practice of Philosophy: Bodies of Color, Bodies of Knowledge. SUNY Press.
  6. ^ Carlin Romano (2013). America the Philosophical. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.
  7. ^ Mangan, Katherine S. (January 18, 2002). "175 Philosophy Professors Blast Ranking of Graduate Programs". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  8. ^ Andy Thomason (October 10, 2014). "Controversial Philosopher Will Step Down as Editor of Influential Rankings". The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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