Philosophy research

Philosophy

Philosophy explores fundamental questions about the world, and our relation to it and each other in thought, feeling, and action.

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Our research

Philosophy at Leeds explores fundamental questions about the world, and our relation to it and to each other. Our research spans metaphysics, epistemology, moral and political philosophy, and the philosophies of logic and language, mind and action, science, and religion.

With around 25 permanent staff, as well as postdoctoral researchers and research students, our culture is active and collaborative. We undertake world-leading research in our specialist areas, and use our breadth of expertise to draw connections between different fields.

We share and improve our ideas in regular seminars and other research events, many of which are organised by our principal research clusters: the Centres for Aesthetics, Ethics and Metaethics, Metaphysics and Mind, and (in collaboration with our colleagues in other fields) the Centres for Philosophy of Religion and History and Philosophy of Science. By supporting each other we inculcate and sustain world-leading standards of research.

Research groups

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The Centre is engaged in research in aesthetics and the philosophy of art, experimental aesthetics and creativity.

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Centre for ethics and metaethics

The Centre for Ethics and Metaethics supports research in ethics, metaethics, and social and political philosophy and fosters connections to other areas in philosophy.

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Centre for history and philosophy of science

The Centre is at the forefront of current research in the philosophy of science and many aspects of the history of science, technology and medicine, from the 17th century onwards.

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Centre for metaphysics and mind

The Centre for Metaphysics and Mind (CMM) supports excellence in research in theoretical philosophy.

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Centre for philosophy of religion

The Centre explores and promotes research in philosophy of religion across a broad range of approaches and religious traditions.

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We have an active series of seminars throughout the academic year. Discover more about our speakers and topics.

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