Research is at the heart of the Philosophy discipline at the OU. Our full-time members of staff are all active researchers, specialising in a range of subjects across the disciplines. Staff regularly work with and consult for other institutions and multimedia broadcasters, particularly concerning value, reasons and norms (metaphysics and mind), and the history of philosophy (particularly the post-Kantian European philosophy). Recent themes of research include making good decisions, bioethics, knowing and deciding, and justice.
- Competitive Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences studentships available
- Annual dedicated Graduate Student research conference
- Frequent research talks and seminars held, including those sponsored by the Royal Institute of Philosophy
- Established record of attracting research funding
- Philosophy’s academics are internationally renowned – they regularly present their research at national and international conferences, and several have held visiting research positions at other universities.
Being a research student at The Open University will entitle you to membership of the OU Library, which has a huge range of philosophy journals and books both online and in the library on campus.
If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:
- Professor Sophie Grace Chappell
- +44 (0)1908 659214
For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link
under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.
Research publications by Open University staff are available through
Open Research Online
(ORO), the university's repository of research publications and other research
outputs. ORO can be searched or browsed by staff name or subject.
The following list, generated from ORO, provides a flavour of the most recently
published work in Philosophy