Stirling’s Philosophy Division has been central to philosophical research in Scotland and the UK since the University’s foundation in 1967. Our research centres on three main clusters: Legal, Moral and Political Philosophy; Mind and Knowledge; and Philosophy of Logic and Language, including the history of analytic philosophy.
Overall, 81% of Stirling Philosophy research was ranked as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent', the top two categories in the UK's 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). We were particularly pleased with the REF's recognition of our strong environment for research (ranked 100% either 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent') and with the recognition of the powerful impact of Stirling Philosophy research beyond academia (ranked joint 1st in Scotland).
We work closely with internal and external partners, presenting our work at conferences worldwide and helping to inform University teaching in diverse areas such as behavioural science and human rights. Our Philosophy graduate programme, operated jointly with the University of St Andrews, is ranked in the top 3 for the UK, and top 25 worldwide (The Philosophical Gourmet Report 2018) – underscoring the rich opportunities available for PhD study in the Division.
We run a Royal Institute of Philosophy local branch, supporting a range of public philosophical events in Stirling and the surrounding area.
Our work attracts funding from leading bodies that include the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust and the Medical Research Council.