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Department of Philosophy

Organisational unit: Department

Organisation profile

We are a friendly, active department, with an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Our interests cover a wide range of topics within the Analytic or Anglo-American philosophical tradition.

The principal research areas of the department are:

  • philosophy and history of science
  • logic and philosophy of mathematics
  • philosophy of psychology, mind and language
  • epistemology and metaphysics
  • ethics and political philosophy
  • history of philosophy

The department enjoys an outstanding reputation in the UK and internationally. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 30% of the department's research was classed as 4* (world-leading), 35% as 3* (internationally excellent) and 30% as 2* (internationally recognised.)

In the recent 2011 Philosophy Gourmet Report, we were judged to be the best department in the UK for one sub-discipline, the 2nd best in two further sub-disciplines, the 3rd best in three sub-disciplines, and the 4th best for another sub-discipline. 

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Contact information

Cotham House
Cotham Hill
Bristol
BS6 6JL
United Kingdom