Philosophy and PPE Research

Philosophy research at Swansea University has a prestigious history. The American philosopher Rush Rhees, who was a student and friend of the great Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, worked at Swansea University from 1940 to 1966. He influenced many important philosophers, several of whom taught at Swansea University. These include Peter Winch, Norman Malcom and D. Z. Philips. Rhees was also influential in ensuring that Simone Weil’s work gained significant attention. Swansea University holds the Rush Rhees Collection in its archives, which attracts visiting scholars from across the globe.

Much of our current research focuses on contemporary issues in moral and political philosophy, although we also have expertise in phenomenology and the philosophy of emotion. This reflects the practical, applied nature of the philosophy degree offered at Swansea. Our research is trans-disciplinary, engaging with politics, economics, psychology and law. Staff members are involved in Swansea University’s Research Institute for Ethics and Law (RIEL) and the Political Analysis and Governance (PAG) group.

Philosophy and PPE are embedded in the Department of Politics and Cultural studies. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) considered seventy per cent of PCS’s research to be world leading or internationally excellent, and all but two percent as of internationally recognised quality. It rose sixteen places in the UK rankings to be placed 21=, scoring particularly highly for the quality of our research publications and the impact of our research on a wide variety of economic, social and political organisations. External research funding more than doubled for the REF 2014 assessment and we are on target to at least double income again for the expected REF2020.