The Department of Philosophy at Durham is one of six departments that make up the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. We are a pluralistic and friendly department, which accommodates work in 'analytic', 'Continental' and non-Western philosophical traditions. Current research by our staff and postgraduate students spans a notably diverse range of philosophical, historical and interdisciplinary topics. It is focused around the activities of five research groups/clusters:
- Applied Phenomenology
- History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine
- Mind, Language and Metaphysics
The department is home to several major research projects, funded by substantial grants from the AHRC, the European Research Council, Wellcome and other external bodies. We are also closely associated with various university research centres. Every year, we host numerous events, such as research seminars, Royal Institute of Philosophy Lectures, workshops and major conferences. So there is a constant stream of visitors to the department, and a vibrant atmosphere for teaching and research. Durham has one of the largest Philosophy postgraduate communities in the UK, with around fifty to sixty taught and research postgraduates studying here at any one time. All undergraduate and postgraduate students who join us are welcomed as full members of our research community, and can expect the very highest standard of education. In the 2013 Complete University Guide, we are ranked overall fifth in the UK, and fourth for graduate prospects. According to the 2013 Guardian University Guide, we are joint first in the UK for employability (with 76% of our graduates in graduate-level jobs or further study six months after graduation). In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 90% of our research was judged to be of international quality, with 55% internationally excellent or world-leading.
Postgraduate Study in 2013/14
You can now apply (online) to study in the next academic year. Please contact the PG admissions secretary (email@example.com) for more information.
Nancy Cartwright and Julian Reiss joined the department in autumn 2012, to set up a new Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS) which is broadly concerned with "Knowledge, Culture and the Public Good". In addition, Wendy Parker will join the Centre in May 2013. There will be a number of PhD studentships associated with the new Centre and we welcome enquiries from prospective applicants: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to our students who participated in the London Games 2012. Lily van den Broecke, a PPE student at Durham, was Rowing Cox at the London 2012 Paralympics and won a Gold Medal. Follow this link for further information.
- 27th May 2013 to 28th May 2013: Concept Acquisition and the Role of Language Workshop, as part of 'Philosophy and Psychology: Intergrating Research Across Domains'. Keynote: Susan Carey.
- 13th June 2013: Chris Insole (Durham) - Kant and the Creation of Freedom: a Theological Problem
- 13th June 2013 to 14th June 2013: Consciousness and Attention Workshop, as part of 'Philosophy and Psychology: Intergrating Research Across Domains'. Keynote: Ned Block.
- 20th June 2013: Mark Sprevak (Edinburgh) - Title and abstract to be confirmed
Recent Books (since 2010)
- Andy Hamilton - Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Wittgenstein and On Certainty
- Julian Reiss - Philosophy of Economics: A Contemporary Introduction
- Peter Vickers - Understanding Inconsistent Science
- Nick Zangwill - Pure Music (forthcoming with Routledge)
- Nancy Cartwright (with Jeremy Hardie) - Evidence-Based Policy: A Practical Guide to Doing It Better
- Andy Hamilton and Nick Zangwill - Scruton's Aesthetics
- Robin Hendry (with P. Needham and A. Woody) - Philosophy of Chemistry
- Holger Maehle (with L. Sauerteig) - Sexology, Medical Ethics, and Occultism
- Elisabeth Schellekens (with P. Goldie) - The Aesthetic Mind
- Benedict Smith - Particularism and the Space of Moral Reasons
- Geoffrey Scarre - On Courage
- Jan Westerhoff - The Dispeller of Disputes: Nagarjuna's Vigrahavyavartani
- Jan Westerhoff - Twelve Examples of Illusion
- For a full list please click here
Contact DetailsDepartment of Philosophy
50 Old Elvet
Durham DH1 3HN
Tel: 0191 334 6550
Fax: 0191 334 6551