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About the Department


At York we bring together stimulating teaching and original research in an informal, friendly setting. We offer single and joint honours undergraduate programmes - alongside taught and research-based postgraduate degrees. 

While staff have a wide range of interests, our main research strengths fall in five areas:

  • History of Philosophy
  • Practical Philosophy
  • Mind and Reason 
  • Art and Literature
  • Philosophy of Religion

"Philosophy begins in wonder...but what comes next? At York, we believe that philosophy is nothing if it is not, ultimately and perhaps indirectly, addressing the question of what we – situated, historical, diverse human beings – should think and do. That is what all our excellent teaching and research aims for."

Professor Tom Stoneham
Head of Department

REF 2021

In the 2021 REF assessment, we placed 2nd in the UK for research excellence.

Athena SWAN Bronze 

The bronze award recognises our commitment to identify and address issues of gender inequality.

Further information

You are welcome to contact us by emailing the Departmental Office