Philosophy

Research interests

Find out about our areas of research and staff interests

Our research spans most areas of philosophy, but we have particular expertise in the following research areas:

Epistemology

Our world-leading group of epistemologists have research interests in scepticism (including its history), epistemic value, contextualism, social epistemology, epistemic responsibility, perceptual knowledge, rationality, the nature of cognitive processes, and virtue epistemology.

Epistemology

Ethics

Our internationally renowned Ethics research cluster has particular research strengths in ethical theory, meta-ethics, normative theory and political philosophy.

Ethics

History of philosophy

The research interests of our ancient philosophy faculty include ancient metaphysics and ethics, ancient and medieval philosophy and science, the Presocratics, Plato and Aristotle. Several of our faculty have research expertise in the core period of early modern philosophy (Hobbes to Kant) and subsequent developments from the German Romantics to British Hegelians. Within these periods, faculty have particular research interests in issues in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind and language, philosophy of science.

History of philosophy

Logic and language

This area has growing research strengths in Logic, Language and related topics, with faculty members working on Godel's results, theories of truth deflationism, semantic paradoxes, the applicability of mathematics, proof theory, theoretical syntax, pragmatics, proof theory, and non-classical logic.

Logic and language

Mind and cognition

Our research team ranks among the world leaders in this fast-moving area, and specialises in the study of embodiment, consciousness, perception, action, and situated reason. Our researchers benefit from close links with the University's world-leading subject areas of informatics, linguistics and psychology.

Mind and cognition

Philosophy of science

Philosophy of science at the University of Edinburgh specialises in the philosophy of the natural sciences, and the philosophy of cognitive sciences. Topics we cover include: laws, causation, realism, time, models, explanation, measurement and fictionalism.

Philosophy of science

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