Discover Philosophy at Keele

Welcome – and congratulations on your offer to study Philosophy at Keele.
We’re really sorry we haven’t been able to meet you face to face at our Offer Holder Days this spring but we’re hoping you’ll find some useful information here – and that you’ll be inspired to come and join us in the autumn to get stuck into Philosophy.

Philosophy | Offer Holder Day PDF (751 KB) brochure‌‌

What is the ultimate nature of reality? Can we achieve knowledge? What is the relation between consciousness, thought, and the brain? How should we conduct our lives and organise society?
These, and many other, large-scale questions are the concern of philosophy. They were first systematically raised in Ancient Greece, India and China, and they continue to be discussed to this day because of their perennial relevance and intrinsic interest.
Keele Philosophy has enjoyed a strong reputation since the 1950s, with well-known Keele philosophers including Antony Flew, Richard Swinburne, Jonathan Dancy, and many others. Today it remains a strongly research-led programme but with a friendly and easygoing environment offering a philosophy degree course which includes analytic, continental and world philosophy.
You will  have the opportunity to engage with the cutting-edge ideas from Universities all around the world though our regular Royal Institute of Philosophy Lectures, in which leading philosophers are invited to Keele to talk about their latest work, as well as through our annual Jean-Jacques Rousseau Lecture, annual conference and various other specialist research events held throughout the year.

Take a look at our video presentation, which talks you through topics such as the programme structure, information on modules you will be studing per year, and additional opportunities available to Philosophy students.  We hope this presentation will give you valuable insight into studying at Keele:

Offer Holder Presentation

Try out being a Philosophy student with this exercise:  Scepticism PDF (221KB)

While you’re planning ahead for your Philosophy degree, you could read some of the books suggested below if you can get hold of them:

  • Simon Blackburn - Think
  • Julian Baggini - The Pig that Wants to be Eaten
  • Rene Descartes - Meditations

Or you could watch/listen to some online material:

If you’d like to find out what studying Philosophy means for your career options, take a look at our Future Directions flyer.  In addition, take a look at this page on what you can do with a Philosophy degree.

Professor James Tartaglia, Professor of Philosophy, UG Programme Director
Dr Sophie Allen, Lecturer in Philosophy
Professor Sorin Baiasu, Professor of Philosophy
Dr Giuseppina (Josie) D'Oro, Reader in Philosophy
Dr Jonathan Head, Lecturer in Philosophy

Any Questions?

If you wish to chat to a member of our Philosophy academic staff, or just to discuss more about life at Keele in general, please click here to contact us.