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Our research interests

For details of staff research interests, see individuals' web pages.

Follow this link to find out about areas of research and graduate supervision.

Members of the Philosophy Department give many public presentations of their work to specialist and non-specialist audiences alike. Follow this link for some recent podcasts.


Members of the department belong to one or more informal research groups in Philosophy of Mind and Language, Philosophy and Public Policy, and the History of Philosophy. These groups host research events at regular intervals throughout the year. Information about seminars is posted here as it becomes available.

Follow this link for details of our 2014-15 seminar programme.

For details of upcoming research events, please contact the Department of Philosophy by email:

Other external speakers, including many international visitors, have given talks to a more formal research group on Mind, Meaning and Rationality. Details can be found on the group's webpages.

Finally, philosophers often visit the OU at the invitation of one of the many philosophers or academics with strong philosophical interests based in other departments, including Art History, Computing, Economics, and Mathematics. For example, Baroness Onora O'Neill (Cambridge) spoke on the nature and ethics of trust to the Computing Research Centre.