The Department of Philosophy
The Department of Philosophy at Durham is one of six departments that make up the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. We are an open 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).
Postgraduate Study in 2015/16
You can now apply (online) to study in the next academic year. Please contact the PG admissions secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Pre-application undergraduate open days
Pre-application undergraduate open days will take place on 22nd and 27th June 2015. Further details are available here.
Interview with David Knight
David Knight has been interviewed by Yale Books regarding his latest book Voyaging in Strange Seas. See here.
The Durham Emergence Project
The Durham Emergence Project is now underway, an interdisciplinary research initiative involving collaboration between philosophers and physicists, made possible through the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation. See here for full details.
We are very pleased to welcome Paula Satne, Sara Uckelman, and Richard Stopford to the department, who all joined us in October 2014. We are also very pleased to welcome Felicity Deamer, who joined the department in April 2014 as part of the AHRC project 'Language and Mental Health', headed by Wolfram Hinzen.
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 the role of the sciences and humanities in society. In addition, Wendy Parker joined 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: email@example.com
See forthcoming CHESS events here
- 25th September 2015: Workshop - Heidegger and Science: Contemporary Dialogues in the Philosophy of Science
- 07th October 2015: Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture - Professor Sandra Harding (James Cook University) - Title and Abstract to be confirmed
- 15th October 2015: Dr Tim Button (Cambridge) - The Empiricist Problematic: Treating Carnap's Aufbau as a case-study
- 22nd October 2015: Professor James Kirwan (Kyoto University) - Title and Abstract to be confirmed
Selected recent books
- David Knight - Voyaging in Strange Seas: The Great Revolution in Science
- Wolfram Hinzen (with Michelle Sheehan) - The Philosophy of Universal Grammar
- Jonathan Lowe - Forms of Thought: A Study in Philosophical Logic
- Andy Hamilton - Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Wittgenstein and On Certainty
- Julian Reiss - Philosophy of Economics: A Contemporary Introduction
- Peter Vickers - Understanding Inconsistent Science
- Nancy Cartwright (with Jeremy Hardie) - Evidence-Based Policy: A Practical Guide to Doing It Better
- For a full list please click here
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The 2014-15 Philosophy Undergraduate Student Handbook is available here.