"everything that makes a philosophical beginning possible we must first acquire by ourselves"
Department has a well-established international reputation, and
a long tradition of educating graduate students at all levels,
particularly in the area of Continental Philosophy and, more
recently, in the emerging middle-ground between Continental and
Analytic Philosophy. Moral and political philosophy is another
key area of research concentration, which is set to develop
We aim to provide our graduates with an optimal environment in
which to pursue philosophical study and research, and I urge you
to take advantage of the range of events and facilities
available. Students are warmly encouraged to attend the
Philosophy Department Seminars (5 pm on Thursdays during term),
which provides an occasion to hear both external visiting
speakers and internal speakers from the faculty and the graduate
body. There are additionally various guest lectures, research
seminars, and an annual mini-course.
Outside the department there are various philosophically
relevant activities, notably a lecture series in the Centre for
Theoretical Studies, whose activities have a philosophical
focus. And beyond all this, as I am sure you will find, there
are many informal opportunities for philosophical discussion and
exchange. The graduate community is large and lively.
For further information on graduate studies please visit the
appropriate menu options above, depending upon whether you are a
current or prospective student.
At the graduate level, there is commitment to variety and
a breadth of approach in the various MA and research degrees
available, and the Department prides itself on its intensive
teaching and supervision. The foundation of this diversity
lies in the variety and breadth of the research interests
of members of the Department (see the Staff Profiles section
for more information), and in collaboration with other departments
within the University. The Department welcomes students whose
intellectual interests cut across conventional academic boundaries,
whether at the undergraduate, the MA or the research level.
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