Philosophy research at the University of Liverpool


The Department of Philosophy seeks to maintain the highest standard in research excellence while pursuing fruitful civic engagements, collaborative relationships and opportunities for knowledge exchange and research impact.

Our work encompasses a wide range of philosophical topics and traditions grouped in three principal areas:

• Metaphysics, Language and Mind
• Religion, Ethics and Practical Philosophy
• Aesthetics, Art and Literature

A new research group, Philosophy and the Future, is currently under development. This will bring together work in each of the three areas above on the philosophical dimensions and implications of the threats, challenges and opportunities for humanity brought by actual or foreseeable scientific and technological change.

Staff in the department have senior editorial roles in leading journals within their research areas. For example:

Partnerships and Collaborations

Our work involves collaboration with colleagues in a wide variety of national and international universities and partner organisations. For instance, we ran a project with colleagues in the Universities of Dortmund, Münster and Potsdam exploring new ways to understand the concept of alienation. We also collaborate regularly with a wide range of faith groups and others, including legal practitioners, as well as scholars of religion, to bring philosophy into close contact with religious practice. Recent projects in this area include the Philosophy and Religious Practices network and work on Religious Symbols and Discrimination.

The Department works closely with the Global Institute for Advanced Studies (New York University), the European Union’s Creative Research Adaptive Roadmap Project, the Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical and Theological Research, Tate Liverpool, the Bluecoat Gallery, Budapest Central European University and the Universities of Exeter, Konstanz, Mannheim, Münster, Rochester, Rome and the West of England.

Grant Funding

As a Department, we have secured considerable research grant funding, including from the AHRC, The Leverhulme Trust, The Royal Institute of Philosophy, Mind Association, the British Society of Aesthetics, the Forum for European Philosophy, The European Union and the Academy of Finland.

Postgraduate Research

We have a thriving community of energetic postgraduate researchers and welcome applications from talented students wishing to work in any of the areas mentioned on these pages. Our current PhD students are working on topics in philosophy of mind, aesthetics, meta-ethics, Indian philosophy, environmental philosophy, critical realism, modern French philosophy, medical ethics, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science and metaphysics. They play an active role in the research life of the Department. For example, they recently organised and hosted the British Postgraduate Philosophy Association Masterclass on Alain Badiou’s philosophy.