About us

General information about Philosophy at Edinburgh

Philosophy has been taught in Edinburgh since the establishment of the University in 1583. Located in the modern Dugald Stewart Building in Edinburgh’s central area, we welcome over 100 new undergraduates every year and have one of the largest postgraduate communities in the world. With around 40 faculty members and postdocs, and a vibrant PhD community, we conduct a diverse range of research across many of the central areas of philosophy. We also host a number of free online courses, including the widely viewed Introduction to Philosophy.

Free online courses

Equality and Diversity

Since 2012, the School has been building awareness and support of policies and actions to improve experience of the workplace for all staff and students. These actions are in line with the University of Edinburgh's Equality and Diversity policy. The University has a zero tolerance approach to bullying, harassment or discrimination and will respond promptly and sensitively to formal complaints, and where appropriate take disciplinary action.

We in PPLS align with the University’s condemnation of all racism:

About our research

Philosophical research at Edinburgh has a rich history, dating back to the establishment of the University of Edinburgh in 1583 and continuing to the present day. In the most recent UK-wide evaluation of academic research (REF2014), Philosophy at Edinburgh was rated the best in Scotland, and the 2nd best in the UK, based on the volume of world-leading and internationally excellent research that we produce. And our research environment was also rated as 100% conducive to producing world-leading or internationally excellent research.

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