Philosophy

Impact and public engagement

Impact, knowledge exchange and public engagement from philosophy researchers at Edinburgh

Philosophy aims to answer questions about truth, ethics, free-will, perceiving other people's minds - things that matter to all of us. Researchers at Edinburgh work with non-academic partners like schools and prisons to make this knowledge as accessible as possible.

Below are some of the ways our research is making a real difference to Scottish society.

Neuroscience and the Church of Scotland

Till Vierkant
The Church of Scotland invited a philosopher from the University of Edinburgh to explore scientific challenges to free will and moral responsibility

The extended mind in science and society

Conceptual image about the extended mind
Professor Andy Clark’s concept of the ‘extended mind’ reimagines human thought. It questions the boundary between brain and technology, with profound impacts for society

Philosophy in prisons

Using philosophy to enhance prisoners' critical thinking and interpersonal skills

Diversity in philosophy

Raising awareness of women and minorities in academic philosophy

Free online courses

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Study philosophy with us on Coursera