The School of Philosophy boasts what are arguably the best facilities of any philosophy program in the US. It is housed in the Mudd Hall of Philosophy, a building in the Tuscan style featured in Los Angeles travel guides and numerous movies and television programs.
The Mudd Hall of Philosophy was built by R. Westcott and dedicated on June 5, 1930. The famous clock tower stands 146 feet above the junction of the North and West wings, equipped with chimes manufactured by Deagan. Ornate sculptures, reliefs, and mosaics adorn the building. The Argonaut's Hall, in which many philosophy seminars and lectures take place, is also ornately decorated and depicts Jason's search for the golden fleece. Above the fireplace is the inscription:
The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks:
The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep
Moans around with many voices. Come, my friends,
'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Besides faculty offices and classrooms, Mudd Hall contains the Hoose Library, one of the finest philosophy libraries in the world, housing the Gomperz and Flewelling Philosophy Collections. These special collections include first edition copies of all but one of Immanuel Kant's works, as well as David Hume's Treatise of Human Nature (1739-40) with marginal notes by the author.
The Mudd Hall of Philosophy is located across the street from a metro line on the southern edge of USC's beautiful and historic University Park campus. See a Map, or watch the video below for a brief tour.