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