Our staff have wide-ranging expertise, encompassing areas of philosophy including moral philosophy, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, Wittgenstein, metaphysics, philosophy of biology, and cross-cultural philosophy.
We engage with real-world issues and study current events through a philosophical lens to better understand the world we live in. We apply our teaching and research to contemporary issues such as health care, climate, business ethics, and democracy. For example:
- The Department works closely with Ethical Reading.
- Professor Emma Borg and others work with the Royal Berkshire Hospital on pain.
- Professor David Oderberg has worked on conscience and medicine, advising politicians, judges and policymakers in Canada, the USA, the UK, and Poland. He is currently working on a major Templeton Foundation research project connecting philosophers and biologists across the globe.
- Emeritus Professor Brad Hooker and Professor Emma Borg have carried out important work on ethics in the financial sector.
- Professor Max De Gaynesford has conducted extensive research on how philosophical investigation can be applied to the arts and particularly to film.