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. Staff include David Corfield, Graeme A. Forbes, Jason Konek and Jon Williamson. We run the Centre for Reasoning and the Reasoning Club and host 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. Staff include Alexandra Couto, Graeme A. Forbes, Edward Kanterian, Simon Kirchin, Todd Mei, Lubomira Radoilska and Lauren Ware. We run the Centre for Practical Normativity, 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, Lauren Ware and Lubomira Radoilska.
- Ancient Greek philosophy: Todd Mei, Lubomira Radoilska, Kelli Rudolph and Lauren Ware.
- Causality: Graeme A. Forbes, Veli-Pekka Parkkinen, Christian Wallmann, Michael Wilde and Jon Williamson.
- Democracy: Edward Kanterian, Lubomira Radoilska and Lauren Ware.
- Emotions and convictions: Alexandra Couto, Todd Mei, Lubomira Radoilska and Lauren Ware.
- Epistemic norms: Graeme A. Forbes, Jason Konek, Lubomira Radoilska, Michael Wilde and Jon Williamson.
- Kant: Edward Kanterian and Lubomira Radoilska.
- Agency and responsibility: Alexandra Couto, Graeme A. Forbes 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, Veli-Pekka Parkkinen, Lubomira Radoilska, Christian Wallmann, Michael Wilde and Jon Williamson.
- Post-Kantian philosophy: Edward Kanterian and Todd Mei.
- Pragmatism: Jeremy Carrette and Graeme A. Forbes.
- Probability: David Corfield, Jason Konek, Christian Wallmann and Jon Williamson.
See the staff pages for individual researchers’ interests.