PhD Studentships at Reading: SWW Doctoral Training Partnership, 2016

PhD studentships in Philosophy at the University of Reading.

The South, West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership is delighted to offer up to 56 Arts and Humanities Research Council studentships for entry in September 2016. The awards will be made on the basis of academic merit, with no fixed quota assigned to any one institution or subject area within the DTP. Philosophy typically does well in this competition, usually winning around 8-10 studentships across the five departments in the consortium.

The Philosophy Department at Reading is looking for students from the UK or EU with evidence of exceptional promise for PhD study. You will have a compelling project that will benefit from the expertise we can offer, in and across a range of subjects, and from our rich archival resources and network of professional partners. The Philosophy Department at the University of Reading can cover most core areas of philosophy, but has particular strengths in moral philosophy, philosophy of language, and Wittgenstein. Please see below for a full list of areas of expertise.

The competition opens on Monday 30th November and closes on Monday 11th January.

You must apply both for a graduate place at the University of Reading and for an SWW DTP studentship. The former application is separate and independent of the latter, so you must complete both.

Studentships involve joint supervision, usually at different universities within the SWW consortium, but sometimes at a single institution, and sometimes in different departments within the same institution (for example, Philosophy and Politics). Applications are assessed on (a) strength of research proposal, (b) calibre of applicant, and (c) fit with proposed supervisory team.

If you intend to apply, you should contact possible supervisors directly yourself, to see whether your proposal would fit with their interest and expertise. They will also assist you with the drafting of your proposal and other application-related matters.

If you are interested in applying for a 2016 studentship, you are expected to attend the SWW DTP’s Information Day, on Monday 23rd November at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. Attendance is not compulsory, but you must notify the Consortium if you do not plan to attend.

There are a limited number of places available at the Information Day so attendance is by invitation only. We therefore ask all applicants to register their interest in advance of the event – you will also be required to submit an approx 200 word statement about your proposed research project.

To register your interest, please go here. Registration for the Information Day will close at 11.59pm on Friday 6th November.

Research interests of supervisors at the University of Reading:

Prof. Emma Borg

Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Science

Prof. Max de Gaynesford

Philosophy of Mind and Language; Philosophy of Logic; Epistemology; History of 20th Century Philosophy (Heidegger; Wittgenstein; Putnam; McDowell); Philosophy of Poetry; Philosophy of Film.

Dr Luke Elson

Meta-ethics, Moral Philosophy, Vagueness

Dr Nat Hansen

Philosophy of Language, Contextualism in Epistemology and Language, Semantics and Pragmatics, Philosophy of J.L. Austin, Ordinary Language Philosophy.

Prof. Brad Hooker

Moral and Political Philosophy, especially Consequentialism, Fairness, Buck-passing, and Particularism.

Prof. David Oderberg

Metaphysics, especially Essentialism, Powers, Laws, Neo-Aristotelianism, Aquinas, Natural Law Ethics, Philosophy of Religion

Prof. John Preston

Philosophy of Natural Science, Philosophy of Social Science, Cognitive Science, Wittgenstein, Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of AI.

Dr Severin Schroeder

Wittgenstein, Philosophy of Language, Aesthetics, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche

Dr James Stazicker

Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Science, Consciousness, Philosophy of Perception

Prof Philip Stratton-Lake

Moral Philosophy, especially Ethical Intuitionism, Moral Epistemology, Value Theory, Kant.


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