Philosophy at Keele

Philosophy is concerned with questions about the ultimate nature of reality (Metaphysics), the extent to which we can achieve knowledge (Epistemology), the relation between consciousness, thought, and the brain (Philosophy of Mind), how we ought to conduct our lives (Ethics), how society ought to be organised (Political Philosophy), and many other related, large-scale questions. Such questions 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 has enjoyed a strong reputation for philosophy 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, which provides students with the opportunity to engage with the cutting-edge ideas from Universities all around the UK though our Royal Institute of Philosophy (RIP) lectures, in which leading philosophers are regularly invited to Keele to talk about their latest work, as well as through our annual Jean-Jacques Rousseau Lecture, annual conference and various other special research events held throughout the year.

Keele Philosophy is a member of the national Institute of Philosophy and the British Philosophical Association.


Xixi Li

Xixi Li

"When I was first asked to write about my time studying philosophy at Keele it had appeared a very easy matter to write about, but ..."

BA (Hons) Philosophy and Media, Communications and Culture (2014)

Verity Tregellas

Verity Tregellas

"Philosophy is held in high esteem within business because of its high level thinking and analytical skills which made answering application questions easier."

BA (Hons) Philosophy and History (2012)