Department of Philosophy

  • BS6 6JL

    United Kingdom

Organization profile

Organisation profile

The department is one of the leading philosophy departments in the UK, with researchers working in most of the major areas of philosophy.

The department’s research staff is comprised of twenty permanent members, plus a number of post-doctoral researchers. The department is dedicated to high-quality academic research and scored highly in the recent REF. Staff members’ research interests are diverse, spanning all the major areas of philosophy, and with numerous inter-disciplinary links. In recent years the department has hosted several major research projects, with external funding from the Wellcome Institute, the ERC, the AHRC, and the Leverhulme Trust, among others. The department puts on regular workshops, seminars and conferences, and welcomes a regular stream of visiting scholars from around the world (see our calendar).

The department is particularly noted for its strength in the philosophy of science, logic and mathematics, for which it is one of the major centres in the English-speaking world. The department is home to the Centre for Science and Philosophy, which promotes the interpretation of science through collaboration with other disciplines, and to the Centre for Health, Humanities and Science, which promotes work at the intersection of philosophy and the medical sciences. Other areas of research strength include ethics and political philosophy, history of philosophy, and philosophy of mind and language.

The principal research areas of the department are:

  • Epistemology: formal epistemology and decision theory, epistemic utility theory
  • Ethics and Political Philosophy: virtue ethics, Kantian ethics, Rousseau, immigration
  • History of Philosophy: Kant, Heidegger, Leibniz, Aristotle
  • Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics: theories of truth, structuralism, paradoxes
  • Philosophy of Biology: foundations of evolutionary theory, social evolution, explanation in genetics and molecular biology
  • Philosophy of Medicine: the nature of illness, the phenomenology of health
  • Philosophy of Mind and Language: perception, representation, fictional objects
  • Philosophy of Physics: space and time, foundations of quantum mechanics, chaos and dynamical systems
  • Philosophy of Science: realism and anti-realism, induction and probability, values in science

Communicating our research with the wider public is also an important and regular activity for us. For more information, see our Public Engagement page.

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    Research Output

    Accurate Updating for the Risk Sensitive

    Campbell-Moore, C. & Salow, B., 30 Jan 2020, In : British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. axaa006.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • A Note on Deterministic Updating and van Fraassen's symmetry argument for Conditionalization

    Pettigrew, R., 18 Apr 2020, In : Philosophical Studies. 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

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    Avoiding Risk and Avoiding Evidence

    Campbell-Moore, C. & Salow, B., 13 Mar 2020, In : Australasian Journal of Philosophy. 98, 3, p. 495-515

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Projects

    BEB: Becoming Elizabeth Blackwell

    Luckhurst, M. E., Carel, H. H., Maude, U. & Pascal, J.


    Project: Research

  • Student theses

    A Feminist Multidimensional Account of Autonomy

    Author: Lee, J. Y., 25 Jun 2019

    Supervisor: Burch-Brown, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    All You Need are Axioms: A Defence of Deflationism via Formal Truth Theory

    Author: Jones, A. M., 23 Jan 2020

    Supervisor: Horsten, L. (Supervisor) & Whiting, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Anatomy of Seventeenth-Century Alchemy and Chemistry

    Author: Leendertz-Ford, A. S. T., 12 May 2020

    Supervisor: Tho, T. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)



    Andrea Mannu Prize

    Keeling, Geoff (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • ANU Release from Teaching Subsidy

    Carel, Havi Hannah (Recipient), 2005

    Prize: Other distinction


    Association for the Discussion of the History of Chemistry

    Vanessa A Seifert (Participant)

    27 Jan 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    From quarks to quails – can the different sciences be unified?

    Vanessa A Seifert (Contributor)

    27 Jan 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic talk, debate, discussion