About us

General information about Philosophy at Edinburgh

Philosophy has been taught in Edinburgh since the establishment of the University in 1583. Now located in the newly renovated 40 George Square 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.

Equality and Diversity

About our research

Edinburgh Philosophy is a vibrant international community of 35 philosophers. Our research excellence, whose quality and breadth is ranked 4th in the UK by Times Higher Education (Power THE), has transformed academic and public understanding of the human condition, the natural world, and our place within it. Our research has informed the public worldwide via Massive Open Online Courses attracting over half-million people across 184 sovereign states. It has influenced industrial product design at leading international technology companies as well as the practice of prize-winning artists, museums, and galleries. It has helped prisons, cultural organisations, and commercial businesses to educate for the intellectual virtues.

About our research

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Philosophy has been taught at the University since its foundation in 1583


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