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.

St Andrews Institute for Gender Studies

StAIGS was founded in 2018. Its mission is to help develop deeply interdisciplinary research on gender. StAIGS promotes an interdisciplinary field of research with over 100 staff members from: Anthropology, Art History, Biology, Classics, Computer Science, Divinity, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Economics, English, Film Studies, Geography, Sustainable Development, History, International Relations, Mathematics, Medicine, Modern Languages, Neuroscience, Philosophy, and Psychology. StAIGS is strongly committed to an intersectional analysis of the phenomena it examines, understanding that gender, class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, power, and inequality are inextricably connected.

Dr. Alison Duncan Kerr is the Director of StAIGS. While the Institute is still in its early stages, it is hosting workshops, academic visits, reading groups, and public events, and will also soon be hosting speaker series and conferences. The Institute is in the process of developing an MLitt and an MPhil—the hope is that the first PostGraduate students will be arriving in 2020.

For more information, visit the StAIGS 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