Department of Philosophy

Research clusters

 The philosophy department is home to seven research clusters.

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Philosophy Without Borders 

Looking at philosophy beyond the academy: e.g. in schools, prisons, care homes, and with refugees and asylum seekers.

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Gender, Sex, Race and Social Identity

Focusing on the philosophy of sex, gender, race and social identity, from an avowedly anti-racist, and feminist perspective.


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Recreation, Play and Games 

Looking at the philosophy of games, play, leisure, hobbies and anything we choose to do that is 'not work', covering ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, mind, perception, phenomenology, reasoning, spirituality and more.

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South and East Asian Philosophy 

Focusing on philosophical traditions from South and East Asia such as Indian, Chinese, and Japanese traditions. Covering a wide range of schools, figures, texts, and philosophical topics.


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Science and Metaphysics

Focusing on research in philosophy of science, science, and metaphysics, and the overlaps between them.

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Normative Philosophy 

Designed to facilitate research into normative philosophy of all kinds, including moral, social, and political philosophy.


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Mind, Psychology, and Mental Health 

Covering philosophy of mind in the broadest sense, the philosophy of psychology, including reflection on psychology as a discipline, and the philosophy of mental health.





Department of Philosophy

University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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