Philosophy at St Andrews

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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.

Welcome

We are happy to welcome our new students to the Department of Philosophy.

New undergraduates should refer first to the Guide for new students 2014/15 and the Philosophy Handbook for Undergraduates 2014/15.

Events

This is a selection of forthcoming and highlighted events - see also the full schedule of Philosophy events.


Wed 11th March 2015 16:15

Thomas Reid on Aesthetic, Moral and Pathological Perception

Becko Copenhaver (Lewis and Clark)

Thomas Reid's theory of perception includes an account of what he calls original perception, by which typical perceivers see colors, feel shapes, hear sounds, smell odors, and taste flavors.


Wed 1st April 2015 16:15

Reasons and Reasoning

Jonathan Way (Southampton)

Philosophy Club


Wed 15th April 2015 16:15

TBD

Stephen Neale (CUNY/Birmingham)

Philosophy Club


Wed 22nd April 2015 16:15

Anselm's Quiet Radicalism

Thomas Williams (South Florida/CEPPA)

It is characteristic of Anselm to adopt the formulations of his authorities while giving them meanings of his own, hiding conceptual disagreement by means of verbal echoes.


Thu 7th May 2015 to Fri 8th May 2015

Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy VI

Keynotes: Dr. Thomas Ahnert (University of Edinburgh), Prof. Moira Gatens (University of Sydney)

The SSEMP IV is the sixth edition of a yearly event that brings together established scholars, young researchers and advanced graduate students working in the field of Early Modern Philosophy. Hosted by the Institute of Intellectual History and the School of Philosophical, Anthropological, and Film Studies, University of St Andrews.


Wed 13th May 2015 09:30

Summer Reflectorium


Sat 16th May 2015 to Sun 17th May 2015

Wyclif and the Realist Tradition in 14th-Century Logic Workshop

see event webpage


Mon 1st June 2015 to Tue 2nd June 2015

St Andrews Normative Reasons Workshop

see event webpage


Sun 7th June 2015 to Mon 8th June 2015

Defeat and Epistemic Responsibility Workshop

see event webpage


Fri 19th June 2015 11:32

Temporal Experience Workshop

see event webpage