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The University of Southampton has reaffirmed its position as one of the leading research universities, following publication of the latest national assessment of research. And Philosophy are delighted with the recognition that their research has received in REF 2014, where Philosophy at Southampton was ranked 4th in the UK for producing research which was world-leading or internationally excellent.

Philosophers at Southampton work across the breadth of the subject and we have particular expertise in the History of Philosophy; Analytic Aesthetics and the History of Aesthetics; Wittgenstein and Early Analytic Philosophy; Ethics; Epistemology; and Language, Logic and Metaphysics.

We also bring our research to bear on various bodies outside of academia. Some recent projects with such external impact include work on the ethics of infant feeding (led by Prof Fiona Woolllard), work on rights of mothers in birth (led by Dr Elselijn Kingma), and work on the ethics of self-driving cars (led by Dr Will McNeil).

Research Collaboration

Philosophers at Southampton collaborate with colleagues in other disciplines at Southampton, and with philosophers elsewhere. Home to the Southampton Ethics Centre, we are also a part of a number of other groups, featured below:

Visiting and Postdoctoral Researchers

Philosophy at Southampton welcomes enquiries from potential externally funded postdoctoral and visiting researchers, especially from those with projects that complement our existing research strengths. Those interested might consider funding their projects by applying for the following fellowships:

Informal enquiries are very welcome and can be directed to Dr Lee Walters.

Research Students

Southampton has a vibrant community of research students working on a range of issues in analytic and post-Kantian philosophy. Current PhD students are working on topics as diverse as self-knowledge, inferentialism, Collingwood’s account of art, Nietzsche’s conception of truth, emotion in music, and consequentialism.

Southampton is a member of the South, West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP). Applicants for the PhD who wish to apply for AHRC funding through the SWW DTP should note that they have to apply both to Southampton for a place on the PhD, and to the SWW DTP for funding. The competition for funding has closed for 2017/18. Please check back in November 2018.

More information for potential research students can be found on the Research degrees page.

Informal enquiries are very welcome and can be directed to Professor Genia Schӧnbaumsfeld.

Philosophy bites- podcasts

22 November 2018

Ethical Challenges Lecture 2018

The 7th annual Ethical Challenges Lecture. Part of the School of Hu...

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17 December 2018

Southampton 6th Form Philosophy Conference

The Philosophy Department at the University of Southampton is hosti...

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18 January 2019

Art and Ethics Workshop

As part of the European Commission-funded research project Art and ...

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