Research - Philosophy
The Department of Philosophy is a centre of research excellence. We have a wide-ranging and successful postgraduate programme. We are also home to the Nottingham Centre for Social Philosophy.
In the REF 2014, the panel graded 69% of the department's research activity as being ‘world leading’, or ‘internationally excellent’, with the remainder all of a quality that is ‘recognised internationally'.
I like to compare philosophy with physical exercise: you need to be disciplined, focused, to have good stamina, and practise it daily. As with regular exercise, you soon see the benefits in students – their minds clearer, their arguments sharper, their insights keener. They slowly become intellectually fit, capable of stronger arguments, able to move heavier ideas – that’s why I like teaching it.
Ian James Kidd, Assistant Professor