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Philosophy

Our department is one of the largest philosophy faculties in Britain. This vibrant, rapidly growing and friendly department with high academic standards has more than eleven full-time philosophy staff with many more part-time staff.

The department has particular research strengths in:

  • Philosophy of religion
  • Philosophy of mind and psychology, especially agency, imagination, intentionality, perception, psychoanalysis, rationality
  • Aesthetics, especially fiction, imagination
  • Metaphysics, especially metaphysics of mind, natural kinds, necessity

Further research interests include the history of philosophy, especially ancient Greek philosophy and 19th-century German philosophy, political philosophy, and ethics, especially metaethics and moral psychology.
 

Philosophy Research Seminars

The Philosophy Research Seminar, open to faculty and research students, meets every other Wednesday at 3.30pm.
 

Centres and institutes

The Centre for Philosophy of Religion aims to re-establish the links between religion as a set of theoretical claims and its moral, psychological and spiritual aspects, and by exploring how it is related to contemporary secular and scientific thought.

The Philosophy Department is also a founding member, and represented on the management committee, of the Institute of Philosophy, part of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study.
 

For Schools

A Level Philosophy Conferences
Each March, the Heythrop philosophy department organises a one-day conference for A Level Philosophy students, choosing topics from the AQA AS and A2 syllabus. Past speakers have included Julian Baggini (Philosophy: Key Themes), Chris Horner (Thinking Through Philosophy), Michael Lacewing (Philosophy for AS and A2), Stephen Law (The Philosophy Gym), and Nigel Warburton (Philosophy: The Basics). Information on the conference is usually sent out the preceding November. Places are limited, and sell out very quickly. Please see our Sixth Form Conferences page for more information.

Online A Level Philosophy Resources
The A Level Philosophy (ALP) website, run by Michael Lacewing

A Level Philosophy Books
Philosophy for AS and A2
Edited by Elizabeth Burns, Stephen Law
Philosophy for AS and A2 is the definitive textbook for students of Advanced Subsidiary or Advanced Level courses. The book is structured directly around the AQA specification, devoting a chapter each to the six themes covered by the syllabus.

Revise Philosophy for AS
By Michael Lacewing with Jean-Marc Pascal
The only revision textbook covering all aspects of the AQA AS Philosophy syllabus.