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Welcome to the Department of Philosophy

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It is with considerable sadness that the Department announces the sudden and unexpected death of long serving staff member Dr David Efird. David was a distinguished philosopher and a much loved teacher, mentor and colleague. Our thoughts are with David's family and friends.

You can read our full memorial piece, celebrating David's contributions to the University and his unwavering dedication to our community.

Welcome to Philosophy at York. We bring together engaging teaching and world-class research in an informal, friendly setting. We scored 95 per cent student satisfaction for our single-subject Philosophy course (Unistats: NSS 2018). 

In the most recent assessment of UK research, 96 per cent of the Department’s work was judged to be “of international standard” (REF 2014). We are also part of the British Philosophical Association's Good Practice Scheme to support the representation of women in philosophy.

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Equality and diversity

We are delighted to hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, in recognition of our commitment to gender equality.


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