Research is at the heart of the Philosophy Department at the OU. Our full-time members of staff are all active researchers, specialising in a range of subjects across the disciplines. The department hosts the innovative Open University Ethics Centre, and staff regularly work with and consult for other institutions and multimedia broadcasters, particularly concerning ethics, morality, aesthetics and metaphysics. Recent themes of research include making good decisions, bioethics, knowing and deciding, and justice. In addition to research under the headings of ‘value’ and ‘mind, meaning and rationality’, we welcome applications in modern French philosophy and political philosophy.
The department hosts the Open University Ethics Centre, which seeks to clarify our understanding of the key ethical concepts we all use, develops imaginative teaching methods and innovative eresources to spread ethical understanding as widely as possible, and promotes public debate at national and international levels about the pressing moral problems faced by society.