About the Department of Philosophy

About Us

The Department of Philosophy is an inspiring community of students and staff who are addressing an unparalleled range of topics, from logic to literature, science to spirituality, ethics to existentialism.

The Department of Philosophy at Liverpool has a long history of combining research excellence in core areas of philosophy with innovative work at the frontiers of the discipline: from literature to spirituality, Chinese philosophy to animal ethics, neo-Platonism to feminism. For us, philosophy is a set of approaches and methods that can help us to make sense of whatever is puzzling, perplexing or interesting in the world around us.

Facts at-a-glance

  • 17 permanent lecturing staff
  • Approximately 300 undergraduate and 50 postgraduate students within the department
  • 87.5% student satisfaction rating in the most recent National Student Survey

Our pioneering Philosophy and the Future research theme focuses on the ethical, political, social, metaphysical and spiritual implications of climate change, technological and scientific developments, and emerging forms of social and political interaction. This broad theme brings us together to contemplate the challenges that our students and their descendants will face in the twenty-first century and beyond. Existing work in the department includes the implications of big data for medical practice; the future of the concept of the human; the function of myth in constructing future narratives; the role of the philosopher in a changing society; the philosophy of games and gaming.

The Art, Aesthetics and Cultural Institutions MA is an exciting example of how our discipline interacts with the culture of the city, working as either a stepping stone to pursue a doctorate or a professional career in the cultural sector.

We do not conduct work in a vacuum but as part of this amazing city with its rich history of commerce, culture, protest, industry and migration. We work with partners in the Bluecoat Gallery, the Tate Liverpool, National Museum Liverpool, NHS North-West and more to find applications for our work and to inspire our thinking and the practices of our communities. Our sister campuses in London and Suzhou (Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China) provide our national and international horizons.

We follow the BPA environmental travel guidelines

We have decided to adopt the British Philosophy Association guidelines for environmentally responsible businesses, in an attempt to reduce our environmental impact as a department.

The BPA guidelines are "intended to reduce overall the air travel amongst the community of philosophers working in the UK" by avoiding unnecessary travel, using carbon off-setting and making use of video-conferencing amongst other steps.

View the BPA environmental travel guidelines.

BPA environmental travel guidelines

The BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme

We are a subscribing institution to the British Philosophical Association and Society for Women in Philosophy Good Practice Scheme. The Scheme aims to assist UK philosophy departments, learned societies and journals in ensuring that they have policies and procedures in place that encourage the representation of women in philosophy. Read more

BPA/SWIP

What is Philosophy?

What is Philosophy?