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Research areas
History of philosophy, including modern European

History of philosophy, including modern European

The Philosophy discipline welcomes applications for graduate work in the history of philosophy; in particular, ancient philosophy, 19th- and 20th-century German philosophy, late-19th- and 20th-century French philosophy, and the history of philosophy of science. Several members of the discipline work in this area: Sophie Grace Chappell has published extensively on Ancient Philosophy; Cristina Chimisso is an authority of the history of philosophy of science; and Manuel Dries specializes in 19th- and 20th-century post-Kantian European philosophy, in particular German idealism including early German romanticism, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Heidegger.

Research and research students are at the heart of the discipline. In joining us, you would join a lively and friendly graduate community. The discipline hosts papers by visiting speakers throughout the year, and an annual graduate conference at which students give papers on their work in progress.

Please consult the Philosophy discipline website for details of applications for funded PhD places under the Open-Oxford-Cambridge Doctoral Training Scheme. We will also consider applications outside this scheme. Details of how to apply can be found on our MPhil and PhD application process page.

Qualifications available

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Research degree fees.

Entry requirements

MA (or equivalent)

Potential research projects

  • Ancient philosophy
  • 19th- and 20th-century German philosophy
  • Late 19th- and 20th-century French philosophy
  • The history of the philosophy of science

Potential supervisors


Friedrich Nietzsche

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research topic, please contact:

Dr Dan Cavedon-Taylor
Email: FASS-Philosophy-PG-Admissions
Phone: +44 (0)1908 654472