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Our research

Drawing on philosophy’s past to shape its future.

We bring historical awareness to contemporary problems, contributing to conversations both within philosophy and beyond.

We work with colleagues across a range of disciplines to make significant contributions to core philosophical debates.

96 per cent of our research is of international standard

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research strengths

Our expertise spans broad areas of philosophy, with activities organised into three core research sections. Underneath these core sections, we also have more specific research groupings.

Impact and engagement

Our researchers have worked with government organisations, charities, think tanks and individuals to help shape policies and activities.

We also participate in a wide range of public engagement activities aimed at challenging how people think in their everyday lives.



We collaborate with interdisciplinary centres within the Humanities Research Centre at the University of York:

We also have strong links with the York Centre for Political Theory.

University research themes

The breadth of our research means that our work is influenced by all of the University's research themes, but we have particularly strong links with the following themes:

White Rose Philosophy Postgraduate Forum

This Forum brings together philosophy postgraduate research students from the Universities of Hull, Leeds, Sheffield and York to foster research links in the postgraduate community and enhance their research skills.

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Search for research and browse publications in the York Research Database.

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Research degrees

Push the boundaries of knowledge in our supportive and stimulating environment.

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Early career researchers at York benefit from a dynamic research culture and excellent facilities.

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We regularly hold lectures, seminars, workshops and reading groups relating to our research.

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