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Research Overview

Our research reputation is founded in consistent excellence across a range of philosophical fields, including in philosophy of mind and epistemology; Post-Kantian European philosophy; aesthetics; and moral, political, and legal philosophy.

Research excellence

We ranked 1st in the UK for the quality of our research (‘research outputs’) and 4th overall in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). Over 90% of the research published by our staff during the assessment period rated either ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading’.

We ranked 38th in the world in the 2020 QS World University Ranking for Philosophy.

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Our research centres

We support four active and successful research centres that co-ordinate research activities in our main areas of research strengths. Each centre has well-established interdisciplinary links within Warwick and beyond.

Warwick Mind and Action Research Centre (WMA)

Promoting and coordinating work in the philosophy of mind and action, and adjacent areas between philosophers and psychologists

Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature and the Arts

Promoting reflection and collaboration, and questioning assumptions in philosophy, literature and the arts

Centre for Research in Post-Kantian European Philosophy

Promoting innovative work in 19th and 20th century European philosophy, including interdisciplinary research with scholars across the humanities and social sciences

Centre for Ethics, Law and Public Affairs

Exploring ethical and legal problems together, and working across departments to explore issues raised by the law