Warwick’s Philosophy Department is an internationally renowned centre for the study of Kant and 19th-century post-Kantian philosophy. In the most recent (2011-12) Philosophical Gourmet Report the Department is ranked 1st in the UK and 8th in the world for 19th-century philosophy. Staff work on a range of thinkers, including Kant, Fichte, Schelling, Hegel, Marx, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. They also work on a range of subjects, including metaphysics and logic, the theory of truth, moral and political philosophy, philosophy of history, aesthetics, and the philosophy of religion. Staff and research students also have a particular interest in the relation between 19th-century post-Kantian thought and the work of 20th-century philosophers, such as Heidegger, Adorno, Derrida, Deleuze, McDowell and Brandom. The Department regularly hosts workshops and international conferences on Kant and 19th-century post-Kantian philosophy and runs an annual programme of visiting speakers. In the recent years these events have brought to Warwick some of the most prominent figures in the field, including Christa Davis Acampora, Andrew Benjamin, Daniel Conway, Peter Dews, Sebastian Gardner, Kimberly Hutchings, John McDowell, Robert Pippin, John Richardson, Peter Sedgwick, Alison Stone and Günter Zöller.
The department is home to the Research Group in Post-Kantian European Philosophy. This research group exists to provide a focus for the research activities of graduates and members of staff working in this area. It holds a research seminar open to PhD students and staff. There is a lively annual programme of activities that includes workshops, colloquia, conferences and visiting speakers.