Our research

Ethics of Powerlessness

Ethics of Powerlessness

The Ethics of Powerlessness project aims to clarify ethical challenges of experiences of powerlessness, especially in palliative and end-of-life care situations, and is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Philosophy at Essex is internationally recognised for our research across a broad range of topics in continental and analytic philosophical traditions. We were ranked among the top ten philosophy departments in the UK for research quality in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise.

85% of our research is rated ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, making us fifth in the UK for research outputs. We are a world-leading centre for continental philosophy. Our research strengths include:

Staff research

Our academic staff have produced a number of major publications; their academic staff profiles contain details of individual research interests and publications.

Projects

The Ethics of Powerlessness

The Ethics of Powerlessness: the Theological Virtues Today is a major new research project that aims to clarify ethical challenges arising from experiences of powerlessness, particularly in palliatvive and end-of-life care situations. The three-year project is being carried out by Professor Béatrice Han-Pile, Dr Daniel Watts and Dr David Batho, and is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Essex Autonomy Project

The Essex Autonomy Project is a research and knowledge-exchange initiative funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The project aims to clarify the ideal of self-determination in history, theory and practice, both for its own sake and to guide public policy makers and frontline professionals in dealing with the complex issues surrounding mental competence, and the capacity of vulnerable individuals to make decisions for themselves.

Past projects

Other projects initiated by our School included the Transcendental Philosophy and Naturalism Project which ran from 2005 to 2008 and was led by the late Professor Mark Sacks. The project sought to understand the nature of transcendental philosophy, with the intention of assessing whether it leaves contemporary philosophical naturalism with a cogent case to answer.

Postgraduate research

Our postgraduates actively contribute to our research profile. Our list of current PhD theses shows the broad range of philosophy research being carried out in our School. You can view completed philosophy PhD theses in our Albert Sloman Library.

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Postgraduate study

Postgraduate study

We are internationally recognised as a leading centre of postgraduate study in philosophy, both at Masters and PhD level.

Minicourses

Mini courses

Every year we invite distinguished philosophers from around the world to give minicourses to our students at Essex.

Essex Autonomy Project

Essex Autonomy Project

The Essex Autonomy Project aims to clarify the idea of self-determination as a guide for policy makers and frontline professionals dealing with the complexities of vulnerable individuals and their capacity to make decisions for themselves.