Current and recent research projects include:
Darwinism and the Theory of Rational Choice is a four and a half year project funded by a European Research Council Advanced Investigator Award to Professor Samir Okasha. The aim of the project is to explore the connections between evolutionary theory and the theory of rationality. The project will run from April 2012 to September 2016.
The Limits and Scope of Mathematical Knowledge is a Templeton Foundation funded project that will investigate the scope and limits of mathematical knowledge, using theoretical tools from mathematics and philosophy. The project leaders are Leon Horsten and Philip Welch.
The Foundations of Structuralism project will investigate the logical foundations of structuralist theories in mathematics and physics, and aims to integrate work done in each of these disciplines. The principal investigator for the project is James Ladyman, with co-investigators Leon Horsten and Oystein Linnebo.
Experimental Philosophy "X-phi” applies the methods of experimental psychology to the study of intuitions.
Territory and Justice Network is a research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) and the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. It aims to to develop a bi-lateral network of Irish and UK researchers on the topic, "Theories of Territory: Resource Rights, Global Justice, and Self-Determination".
Research Theme "Science, Knowledge, and Reality" The University of Bristol supports, as one of its chosen Research Themes, this theme which concerns foundational questions in the philosophies of the sciences and the relationship between science and the humanities.
AHRC Evolution, Co-operation and Rationality project. A three year AHRC project commencing in October 2008 led by Professors Samir Okasha and Ken Binmore. The project addresses the philosophical implications of recent work in evolutionary biology on the topics of co-operation, social behaviour and the conflict between individual and group interests.
AHRC Metaphysics of Science project. This research project, with centres in Bristol, Birmingham, and Nottingham, is conducting research into the most general conceptual and metaphysical foundations of science, in particular as concerns, dispositions, laws, causes, and natural kinds.
CONTACT: ESF/AHRC project: on Consciousness in Interaction: The Role of the Natural and Social Environment in Shaping Consciousness, under the ESF scheme on Consciousness in Natural and Cultural Context. PI: Dr Finn Spicer; researchers.