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Philosophy

Our research is focused on epistemology and rationality, philosophy of mind and cognition, ethics and political theory, and the intersections between these areas.

We take a broad approach to philosophical inquiry, combining analytic, continental and empirical perspectives.

Our research seminar series meets weekly during teaching term. Talks delivered by visiting speakers from around the UK and by our own colleagues introduce emerging philosophical inquiries and arguments in terms accessible to everyone.

We regularly host research workshops, major academic conferences and externally-funded research projects.

We are home to a branch of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, which holds regular philosophy events in bars and bookshops in the city centre and the prestigious Cardiff Annual Lecture here at the University.

We are committed to developing socially beneficial impact from our work. In addition to previous work influencing the ethical construction of DNA databases, we have brought original material to support the teaching of A-Level Philosophy. In REF 2014 we were fourth in the UK for our research impact.

We are always interested in hearing from prospective postgraduate research students proposing to work in our areas of expertise.

For more information about our research, see pages about our members of academic staff and postgraduate research students, our events calendar, or follow us on Twitter.

Research Centre and Networks

Staff in this theme

StaffResearch interests'Research bites'
Dr Andrew EdgarFrankfurt School, continental aesthetics, political philosophy, philosophy of medicine, philosophy of sport"The organisation of the NHS must be understood as a response to moral concerns, not economics ones."
Dr Richard GrayPhilosophy of perception, philosophy of mind"Our perceptual experience may not always be what we think it is."
Dr Elizabeth IrvinePhilosophy of psychology and neuroscience, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, philosophy of biology"Understanding scientific claims requires an understanding of the scientific method."
Dr Simon RobertsonMetaethics, moral psychology, practical reason, normative ethics, value theory, Nietzsche, normativity, risk"Sometimes you ought to take risks - because it's risky"
Dr Peter SedgwickNietzsche, European philosophy, philosophy of language, political philosophy"To be is to be acknowledged."
Dr Nicholas ShackelRationality, metaethics, ethics of belief, paradox"Objective Bayesians claim the principle of maximum entropy gives unique rational probabilities but it entails contradictory probabilities."
Professor Alessandra TanesiniEpistemology, feminism, philosophy of perception, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein"Knowledge is often shaped by values; the illusion of value-neutrality actively sustains pernicious ignorance."
Dr Jonathan WebberMoral psychology, existentialism, normative ethics, applied ethics"Current public debate over responding to climate change is premised on a false picture of human motivation."
Dr Huw WilliamsPolitical philosophy, international political theory, the history of ideas in Wales, John Rawls"Theories of Global Justice mask ideological narratives of development."