The Department has particular expertise in the following areas:

  • Ancient philosophy, particularly pre-Socratic Greek philosophy, ancient science and ancient ethics (including especially Aristotle)

  • Applied ethics, particularly bioethics, professional ethics, and public moralism.

  • Moral philosophy, particularly certain aspects of meta-ethics and moral psychology.

  • Philosophy of mind and cognitive science, particularly the metaphysics of mind, consciousness, supervenience and content, cognitive psychology and the evolution of human cognitive capacities.

  • History and philosophy of science, particularly the history of atomism, the history of chemistry, the theory of natural selection, the history of teleological thought in science, and evolutionary theories of human cognition.

  • Political philosophy, particularly political freedom, individual autonomy, political liberalism and Marxist and Hegelian theories of freedom.