Philosophy at St Andrews
We are happy to welcome our new students to the Department of Philosophy.
Philosophy at St Andrews
St Andrews is one of the leading international centres for philosophy in Britain.
In the latest UK-wide assessment of the research of UK universities (REF 2014) the philosophy department was ranked 1st in Scotland and 5th in the UK (by grade point average). 83% of research was assessed as either 4* or 3*. The St Andrews/Stirling graduate programme (SASP) was ranked second in Britain in a recent US-based survey.
There is a busy programme of conferences, workshops and visiting speakers from universities in the UK and from abroad. The Philosophy Club, which is open to everyone, is the regular visiting speakers' seminar. Several specialized research seminars meet weekly or fortnightly. There is also a Friday Seminar for doctoral students, and a seminar specifically for MLitt students.
There are two philosophical research centres in St Andrews: The Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs (CEPPA), and the Arché Philosophical Research Centre for the Philosophy of Logic, Language, Metaphysics and Epistemology. The Philosophical Quarterly, one of the most respected international philosophy journals, is edited from St Andrews.
The Department of Philosophy has been ranked 16th in the world according to the 2016 QS World University Rankings.
We are delighted to announce that Professor John Haldane has been named as one of the 50 Most Influential Living Philosophers by TheBestSchools.org. He is recognised for his work on Thomas Aquinas and for coining the term 'Analytical Thomism'.
In the most recent National Student Survey (NSS 2016) the Department of Philosophy received a 100% score for student satisfaction, placing us first out of 57 philosophy departments in the UK.
The Department of Philosophy at St Andrews has been ranked top in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2017
This is a selection of forthcoming and highlighted events - see also the full schedule of Philosophy events.
Thu 29th September 2016 17:15
Professor Rae Langton (Cambridge)
Blocking as Counter-speech
Tue 4th October 2016 18:05 to 19:35
Geoff Sayre-McCord (UNC)
Wed 5th October 2016 16:15
Martin Smith (Edinburgh)
Sat 15th October 2016 12:10 to Sun 16th October 2016
see event webpage
Wed 26th October 2016
Wed 26th October 2016 16:15
Robert Cowan (Glasgow)
Wed 2nd November 2016 16:15
David Owens (KCL)
Thu 3rd November 2016 19:45
Fri 4th November 2016 16:15
Wed 9th November 2016 16:15