Philosophy can seem to be a lonely pursuit. The philosopher is often pictured as an isolated individual, alone with his or her thoughts, and disengaged from matters of practical and social concern. At Durham, we have a very different vision of the life of the philosopher. For us, philosophy is a joint enterprise, a subject that one makes progress in through conversation, collaboration, and community. What's more, we believe that the work that philosophers do is crucially important to science, society and politics. We work collaboratively in resaerch on major research projects, we support and learn from each other through our research clusters and we talk philosophy together in our numerous reading groups. We are mindful of the need to ensure that the intellectual and professional environment in which we think, work and learn together, is a welcoming and respectful setting in which philosophical talent can thrive and feel supported. To this end we impliment the BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme.