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Philosophy research at UCLan covers a range of specialisms ranging from ethics and values to the philosophy of mental health. Our research activity results in improvements in healthcare and published guidance for professionals to use.



Researchers within the Philosophy@UCLan research cluster are united by a commitment to the practice of “real-world philosophy”, or philosophical thought that concerns itself with, and has an impact upon, issues beyond academia.

While our work is rooted in traditional philosophical subject areas such as phenomenology and European philosophy, philosophy of mind and language and ethical theory, we are overwhelmingly focused on issues in:

The cluster builds upon UCLan’s strong tradition of philosophical research, which has been in place since the early 1990s.

To find out more about research in Philosophy, contact Dr Peter Herissone-Kelly.
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The cluster’s emphasis on real-world philosophy means that its work is able to have a significant impact on the world outside academia. For example, Professor Tim Thornton’s mental health group has always explicitly crafted its research to be as inclusive as possible and to reach both mental health practitioners and service users. The group enjoys close involvement with potential client groups, and has been strongly influenced by the slogan drawn from the disability rights, “nothing about us, without us”. This has led to involving mental health service users in the running of a philosophy conference.

A similar “grass roots” approach of communicating directly with potential beneficiaries of research in practical philosophy has been adopted by Professor Doris Schroeder’s Centre for Professional Ethics. One of Professor Schroeder’s projects made it possible for Kenyan sex workers to meet officers from the Kenyan Ministry of Medical Services, allowing them to have input into pending legislation on access to DNA samples and benefit sharing.

Another gave representatives of Namibian and South African indigenous peoples the opportunity to meet each other and representatives from the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (South Africa) and the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (Namibia) to discuss ways in which to achieve compliance with the 1992 UN Convention on Biodiversity.


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