The Department of Philosophy encompasses a vibrant research community. Two research clusters organise regular events - including public lectures, seminar series, reading groups, workshops and conferences:
- Theoretical reasoning: understood as encompassing formal epistemology as well as inference methods and their application to contemporary mathematics, science and medicine. Led by David Corfield, Jason Konek and Jon Williamson. We run the Centre for Reasoning and the Reasoning Club and edit the monthly philosophy gazette, The Reasoner.
- Normativity: understood as encompassing investigations into norms and values across ethics, political philosophy, aesthetics, epistemology, language, logic and philosophy of mind and action. Led by Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij, Simon Kirchin, Camillia Kong and Lubomira Radoilska. We contribute to the Aesthetics Research Centre and are one of the co-founders of the Southern Normativity Group.
We have several additional areas of shared expertise:
Aesthetics. Edward Kanterian, Simon Kirchin, Todd Mei and Lubomira Radoilska.
Aristotle. Graeme A. Forbes, Todd Mei and Lubomira Radoilska.
Democracy: its problems and prospects. Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij and Edward Kanterian.
Epistemic norms: including epistemic consequentialism. Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij, Jason Konek, Michael Wilde and Jon Williamson.
Kant. Edward Kanterian, Camillia Kong and Lubomira Radoilska.
Moral psychology: including agency and responsibility, autonomy, decisional capacity, selfhood and personal identity. Camillia Kong and Lubomira Radoilska.
Philosophical methodology: including the nature of philosophy, the scope of mathematical methods within philosophy, and the interface between continental and analytic philosophy. David Corfield, Graeme A. Forbes, Edward Kanterian, Simon Kirchin, Todd Mei and Jon Williamson.
Philosophy of medicine: including psychiatry, psychology and medicine, and medical methodology. David Corfield, Camillia Kong, Veli-Pekka Parkkinen, Lubomira Radoilska, Christian Wallmann, Michael Wilde and Jon Williamson.
Post-Kantian philosophy. Edward Kanterian and Todd Mei.
See the staff pages for individual researchers’ interests.