We are proud of our active and vibrant research culture, attracting highly qualified applicants for Postgraduate study from around the world.
We recruit Postgraduate students on the outstanding quality of their applications, as well as on the fit between the candidate's proposed research and our research staff's expertise. Many students enter their Postgraduate research degrees through a 1+3 programme, which includes a taught Master's followed by a three-year PhD programme.
We offer a supportive environment for our Postgraduate students, with ample opportunity to take part in workshops, conferences and seminar events. Regular Postgraduate workshops host a wide range of visiting experts and speakers.
Many of our conferences and workshops are student-led initiatives, such as the Understanding Wittgenstein conference (2008), the BPPA Masterclass on Early Analytic Philosophy (2009), the Logic, Grammer & Meaning conference (2014) and the Mathematising Science conference (2014).
We welcome applications from Postgraduate students wishing to work on topics relating to our research themes and areas of expertise.
Current PhD students
Thomas is investigating if interpersonal relationships are constitutive for being human. For this purpose, he studies the notion of a priori or primary intersubjectivity in Martin Heidegger and Mikhail Bakhtin. The research project intends to contribute to our understanding of being human in a social world with other individuals and to our understanding of human consciousness. At the same time, the project also aims at contributing to our knowledge of the development of the neo-Kantian and phenomenological tradition besides the philosophical connection between Heidegger and Bakhtin.
Lewis's thesis is concerned with realist and idealist interpretations of Kant's Transcendental Idealism, with a focus on articulating Kant's conception(s) of reality and of our cognitive access to reality. He then proceed to draw insights from Kant's account of reality and apply them to contemporary problems in the philosophy of science, such as realism and anti-realism of scientific theories. Lewis's research interests are, Kant, transcendental philosophy, idealism and realism, philosophy of science, philosophy of perception, metaphysics and epistemology.
Mark's research is concerned with the description of intentional action at the level of scientific (cognitive and social) psychology and in everyday discourse. Motivated by a scepticism to propositional attitude (belief-desire) explanations, his thesis is characterised as a therapeutic elimination of such terms from causal accounts of intentional action. To do this he draws on scientific psychology in order to show that such terms do not pick out causes and the everyday "ordinary language" of intentional actions to show that they are frequently used in a variety of ways that are at odds with the assumptions of "philosophical folk psychology".
Ian does philosophical work on the nature of autism, bringing together findings from cognitive linguistics and phenomenology. His project centres on an exploration of the hypothesis that autism involves a characteristic change in the formation and application of concepts.
Subject of research project: Babrak's main interests are in political philosophy and Nietzsche studies. He is currently doing research on Schmitt's concept of the political, and the relation between 'the political' and 'politics' in Schmitt, Mouffe, and Arendt.
Adam's main research interests are in the philosophy of language and linguistics. His current research is an exploration and defence of various arguments for semantic internalism. From this main research focus Adam also explores a number of related issues, including: whether an internalist approach to semantics is incompatible with a truth-conditional semantic framework; whether anything like the notion of a proposition plays a proper explanatory role in semantic theorising; and whether adopting an internalist approach to semantics entails giving up on the idea that one can draw metaphysical or epistemological conclusions from one's semantic theory.
Janis's thesis focuses on the concepts of land, labour and money and the notion of value embedded within them. I am concerned in particular with the economization of value and the enclosure and future enclosures of our commons, which include public lands and the natural environment, the internet, the genetic structures of life, and shared cultural spaces, among many others. I aim to present the paradigm of the commons as a rethinking of economics and a resistance of commoditization through democratization, embedding our conception of the economy within social relations instead of having it the other way around. Janis's research interests include: Political philosophy (especially communitarian critiques of liberalism), the Commons, Philosophy of Social Science (especially economics) Philosophy of Money, Epistemology, Karl Polanyi, Elinor Ostrom, Martin Heidegger.
Mihai is researching the sources and the transformation of the phenomenological & grammatical method in the middle Wittgenstein's Nachlass. Main interests include phenomenology of intersubjectivity and of embodiment, the continental/analytic divide, Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger, Kant, and Cassirer.
Silvia is working on a project about the moral relevance of attention, in the context of Iris Murdoch's philosophy. She is interested in questions of moral perception, moral realism, particularism, and the moral role of personal relationships, care and love.
Sidra's main interests are transcendental philosophy and Wittgenstein. She is investigating modest construals of transcendental arguments, their resonance with aspects of Wittgenstein's philosophy as well as their systematic import on such issues as scepticism and religious belief.
Karyn's research is a study of Plato's notion of justice in relation to his treatment of women. She is interested in connecting the definition of justice provided by Thrasymachus in the Republic to a Socratic notion. Her research will involve both an investigation into the 'philosophic nature' as being neither female nor male and into whether Plato asserts that the differences between men and women are irrelevant in regards the roles they can fulfill within society. She will argue that Plato considered that women could qualify as the "stronger", identified in Book 1 of the Republic, as a consequence of true justice. The research will also consider the label of 'feminist' in relation to Plato and the impact his views should have on the role of women in philosophy and society today.
Jessica is writing her PhD thesis on the UN's problem of Humanitarian Intervention, focussing on the role of representation, ideologies and ‘routine' activities within the UN in terms of their influence on policy formation and implementation. Main interests include later Wittgenstein, meta-philosophy and applied ethics.