Philosophy Research

About us

Philosophy has a reputation for being abstract and other-worldly, but it also concerns itself with concrete questions relating to mind and action. Our researchers explore various aspects of human nature from a variety of perspectives including philosophy of biology, psychoanalysis, philosophy of action, feminist theology, philosophy of education, epistemology, philosophy of cognitive science, and Hume Studies.

We take a serious interest in public engagement and the relevance and importance of philosophy outside the narrow confines of academia. The philosophy team at Brookes runs philosophical enquiry programmes for children in a number of primary and secondary schools in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. We also run the local branch of the Royal Institute of Philosophy and host several public lectures a year by leading international academics.

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Mark Cain

Dr Mark Cain

Programme Lead for Philosophy and Religion

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Dan O'Brien

Professor Dan O'Brien

Reader in Philosophy

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Name Role Email
Dr Stephen Boulter Reader in Philosophy
Professor Bev Clack Professor Emerita in the Philosophy of Religion
Dr Dominic Corrywright Interim Associate Dean Education & Student Experience
Dr George Darby Teaching Fellow in Philosophy