Our research interests are roughly based around European or Continental Philosophy, including the following:
- the philosophical development of contemporary hermeneutics
- contemporary European aesthetics, philosophy of art
- the philosophy of Nietzsche
- the history of philosophy
- modern continental philosophy
- the essayist tradition in philosophy
- the philosophy of technology
- existential meaning
You are welcome to contact individual members of staff to find out more about their specific research interests.
For details of any upcoming Visiting Speakers and Royal Institute of Philosophy lectures, please see our Events page.
Institute of Philosophy Membership
Our staff are members of the Institute of Philosophy.
Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy
The Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy (SCCP) aims to foster the study of continental philosophy in all its historical and contemporary forms and to to make connections to other philosophical traditions and academic disciplines.
The Centre organises conferences, workshops and seminars in continental philosophy. It brings together researchers and students interested in historical figures and contemporary debates. The Centre also connects to work in philosophy and the arts through its degree programme in Art, Philosophy and Contemporary Practice and through research degrees in continental philosophy and the MFA in Art & Humanities.
Postgraduate Research Opportunities
We offer supervision for research degrees (PhD) and welcome applicants who already have a Masters or Honours degree in Philosophy, as well as those with backgrounds in related disciplines who wish to take up philosophy at an advanced level. We are also keen to support interdisciplinary work, particularly in Philosophy and the Arts. Joint supervision can be arranged for such projects involving other Schools and Colleges, including Duncan of Jordanstone College of Arts & Design (DJCAD). Our current and recent student profiles and projects show the range of interdisciplinary opportunities available.
Arts & Humanities Research Institute
A key mechanism for supporting research in the School is the Arts & Humanities Research Institute (AHRI), which serves as a forum for research activities across the School of Humanities's principal research led disciplines, including Philosophy. The AHRI provides a unified framework for the School disciplines to present their research to University colleagues and the wider public, while also offering a catalyst for researchers across the School to exchange, enhance and pool research experience, and providing funding to support inter-disciplinary initiatives, staff research activities, discipline research seminars, public lecture events, School conferences and guest seminars.
The University of Dundee is part of a consortium of eight Higher Education institutions which has been awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland. Under the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) scheme, the consortium - comprised of the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde and Glasgow School of Art - will consider applications for doctoral studentship awards in the majority of Arts and Humanities subjects. This is a fantastic opportunity to have your PhD tuition fees paid (UK & EU students) plus receive a yearly maintenance grant (UK students only). Applications are invited from new and current students (in first year of study if full-time or up to second year if part-time).