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The Department of Philosophy was ranked 3rd in the UK, and 1st in London, for both research quality and research power according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rankings: 80% of research was valued as being of a world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) standard and 63% of its research scored the top rating for impact with outstanding reach and significance. 

Philosophy Department members, accordingly, are engaged in a wide range of exciting research projects which bring philosophical work to a wider national and international audience.

Please find examples of the wide-ranging impact of the Department's research below.   

Philosophy & Medicine

Launched in 2015, with the generous support of the Peter Sowerby Foundation, Philosophy & Medicine is a joint venture between the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, and The Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery. It has introduced philosophy courses into curricula that train clinicians, and hosts a range of public events to encourage dialogue and collaborative research across these disciplines.

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History of Philosophy without any gaps

In this much-loved podcast series, Peter Adamson takes listeners through the history of philosophy, "without any gaps." The series looks at the ideas, lives and historical context of the major philosophers as well as the lesser-known figures of the tradition.


The Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts

CPVA is a major multi-disciplinary initiative which aims to bring together academics, artists, curators and gallerists to explore the connections between philosophy, theory and the visual arts.

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Philosophy in Prisons

Running since 2016, this project has been bringing philosophy courses to prisoners at HMP Belmarsh.

Philosophy in Schools

Ellen Fridland has been working with the Philosophy Foundation, using her theory of skill refinement and applying it to critical thinking, in order to inform the way that the Philosophy Foundation teaches critical thinking to school children.

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Philosophy and Sport

David Papineau’s project, which includes a book and blog about philosophy and sport, focuses on a range of sporting issues that raise matters of philosophical significance.

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Philosophy, Migration and the Arts

Sarah Fine is working with choreographer Sivan Rubinstein on her major dance project MAPS, and with human rights theatre company, ice&fire, who are developing a piece of theatre in connection with Sarah’s research on the ethics of immigration restrictions.

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Ancient Commentators on Aristotle

Since 1987, this project has published over 100 volumes of translations of late ancient philosophical texts into English, usually for the first time. Based at King’s College London for over 25 years, the project now also has collaborating editors located in multiple institutions.

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