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Welcome to Philosophy

Our department is one of the most highly regarded Philosophy departments in the UK. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, we ranked first in the UK for the quality of our research and fourth overall, with over 90% of the research published by our staff in books and journal articles over a six year period from 2008 assessed as being ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading’. The influential Leiter Report also lists Warwick Philosophy in the top groupings in six areas: epistemology; philosophy of art; philosophy of mind; political philosophy; 19th century continental philosophy; and 20th century continental philosophy. While many UK philosophy departments possess strength in analytic philosophy or continental philosophy, we are distinctive in having world-leading philosophers from both fields.

Why study Philosophy at Warwick?

There are 22 full-time staff in our department with expertise in all of the major areas of philosophy. The department has particular research strengths in Philosophy of Mind & Psychology, Epistemology, The Philosophy of Art and Literature, Moral and Political Philosophy, 20th Century Continental Philosophy, and Kant and 19th Century Post-Kantian Philosophy.

We are keen to supervise doctoral research in any of these or related areas. In addition, individual members of staff have research expertise in are able to supervise students who want to work on topics in linguistics and philosophy of language; metaphysics; aesthetics; philosophy of perception; and the philosophy of logic. This list is not exhaustive, however, and you are strongly encouraged to study the staff webpages to identify a potential supervisor for your thesis.

A vibrant community

Aside from our permanent staff members, the department has a number of research fellows and visiting fellows who, together with our postgraduate students, pursue a wide range of research activities. These currently include a postdoc working on the Arts and Humanities Research Council- funded project ‘Rethinking the Senses’ and another working on ‘Experimental and Empirical Philosophy: A Historical Reconstruction and Philosophical Assessment’. Therefore, members of staff aren’t just busily writing books and articles, but are also involved in a number of activities going on in the department that are collaborative, interdisciplinary and which involve the active participation of postgraduate students.

Finding a supervisor

Research proposal

The PhD experience

What students say


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General enquiries: the Philosophy PG Office Accommodation: The Accommodation Office
Application process: Rachel Harrington Fees and How to Pay: The Finance Office
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