Philosophy at St Andrews

Research centres and interests

The Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs

CEPPA was founded in 1984. Its mission is to promote exploration into important ethical issues arising in public life. Its field of interest comprises ethics, social and political philosophy, and the philosophical dimensions of public affairs.

Dr Theron Pummer is the Director of CEPPA. The Centre houses research projects, outreach projects, seminars, conferences, academic visits, fellowships, publishing, and public discussion on topics within its field of interest. In 2016, the Centre launched five projects, with the aim of advancing thematically focused research and outreach in potentially high impact areas:

For more information, visit the CEPPA website.

Arché: Philosophical Research Centre for Logic, Language, Metaphysics and Epistemology

Arché was founded in 1998. Its mission is to conduct and foster collaborative research on fundamental issues in metaphysics, epistemology and the philosophies of logic, language, mathematics and mind, and to provide a dedicated training environment for younger (postdoctoral and postgraduate) researchers.

Kevin Scharp is the Director of Arché. The Centre hosts visits from several Professorial Fellows and currently has four research groups:

For more information visit the Arché website.

Interdisciplinary Research

Ancient Philosophy

St. Andrews has a diverse ancient philosophy community with equal strength in the departments of Classics and Philosophy, and with people in several other departments interested in the field