About the Department of Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Bristol is considered one of the top in the UK, with a reputation for high-quality research in all aspects of the subject.

We are particularly well-known for our strength in logic and the philosophy of science and mathematics, but we have recently made appointments in applied ethics, phenomenology and the philosophy of medicine. We also host the Centre for Science and Philosophy, which promotes the interpretation of science through collaboration with other disciplines. We have four major research projects running in the department at the moment, on topics from the foundations of mathematics to the philosophy of medicine. Each project hosts a number of workshops, conferences, reading groups and visiting scholars throughout the year.

Teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate degrees is informed by our academics' latest research findings, providing our students with a dynamic environment of experimental thought and discussion in which to study. This is complemented by the work of our research postgraduates, who make a significant and valued contribution to the department's research culture. We have an active seminar programme, and in recent years, many of the world's leading philosophers have visited the department, including Laurie Paul (UNC Chapel Hill); John Hawthorne (Oxford/Rutgers) and Rae Langton (MIT).

Our student community is a busy and committed one, with a student-led Philosophy Society that organises social events, weekly lectures and other extracurricular activities. This includes a new philosophy magazine called 'Ad Absurdum' edited, and contributed to, by undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Dr Joanna Burch-Brown maintaining the department's allotment, the 'Kierkegaarden'.

Did you know?

Staff from the Department of Philosophy have had papers included in the Philosopher's Annual for two years running. The Philosophers' Annual aims to select the ten best papers published in philosophy in a given year.

Bristol philosophy in the top 100

According to the latest QS ranking table we are among the top 100 philosophy departments in the world.