Department of Philosophy
Welcome to the Department of Philosophy
The Department of Philosophy submitted twenty-seven members of staff, comprising 24.9 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE), to the REF Philosophy UoA. The submission included three Early Career Researchers.
Transforming the policy landscape
Leading philosopher of science Professor Nancy Cartwright is influencing change to improve the prediction and evaluation of policy effectiveness through her pioneering research on evidence and causal inference.
We believe that philosophy has an indispensable role to play in tackling the challenges of the age and contributing to the public good. We aim to be at the forefront of the discipline, its reform, and its application.
Knowledge for Use [K4U]
Led by Professor Nancy Cartwright, ‘Knowledge for Use [K4U]: Making the Most of Social Science to Build Better Policies’ was an interdisciplinary and multi-institutional project weaving together impact and engagement activities across four key policy areas: International Development, Medicine, Education and Child Protection.
Read more about:
- The K4U Project: Knowledge for Use
- The EU Project Grant: Knowledge For Use [K4U]: Making the Most of Social Science to Build Better Policies
- The Evaluating Effectiveness' REF2021 Impact Case Study
Women in the History of Philosophy
Dr Clare Mac Cumhaill’s British Academy funded project on the ‘Wartime Quartet’ explores the philosophical works of Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley and Iris Murdoch to bring them to the attention of the wider public.
Read and hear more about:
- The 2021 Conference on Women in the History of Philosophy
- The 'In Parenthesis Project' (Dr Mac Cumhaill Co-I)
- Durham University Possible Podcast on 'Mapping the Quartet'
- Mapping The Quartet website
- British Academy blog post: The women who brought philosophy into everyday life
Durham Emergence Project
Led by Professor Robin Hendry, the Durham Emergence Project was an interdisciplinary project addressing strong emergence across philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and condensed matter physics.
Learn more about:
- Durham Emergence Project
- The Durham Emergence Project Templeton Award
- The Routledge Handbook of Emergence 1st Edition
Learn more about our Research Publications in the Department of Philosophy
Philosophy REF Impact Case Studies
Philosophy submitted three impact case studies demonstrating a range of impact.
View some of our Highlights
Improving Decision-Making Procedures in the UK Ministry of Defence and other Government Departments
The Aesthetics of Imperfection: Changing Improvisational Practice in the Arts
We have 4 “research clusters”; groupings that provide structure and unity to our research and a focus for research events, collaboration and grant applications. The clusters are History of Philosophy, Science, Medicine and Society, Mind, Metaphysics and Language, & Ethics, Aesthetics and Politics.
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Members of the Department have been active either in leading or contributing to:
- Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society
- Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease
- Durham Centre for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
- Institute of Advanced Study
- Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Centres and institutes encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary research that facilitates successful external funding applications.
Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and SocietyAt CHESS the humanities engage the sciences and society to promote knowledge for use.
Centre for the Ethics of Cultural HeritageThe Centre for the Ethics of Cultural Heritage focuses upon ethical debates surrounding cultural heritage, in particular relations with indigenous peoples.
Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society
Centre for the Ethics of Cultural Heritage
Explore the vast collection of books published by the academic staff in the Department of Philosophy, showcasing cutting-edge research in their particular fields.