Department of Philosophy


In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the Philosophy department achieved outstanding results, coming 16th in the UK. Over three-quarters of the research output was judged as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Research areas

The Sussex Philosophy faculty includes experts on Adorno, Aristotle, Blanchot, Burge, Davidson, Fichte, Frege, Habermas, Hegel, Heidegger, Horkheimer, Husserl, Kant, Kripke, Lewis, Levinas, Marcuse, Marx, Nietzsche, Plato, Rousseau, Quine, Schiller, Spinoza and Wittgenstein.

We work on issues such as: descriptions; semantic externalism; forgiveness; causation; retributive and restorative justice; the relationship between language and the world; the imagination; the nature of knowledge; perception; metaphor; identity; counterpart theory; immanent criticism; the ontology of the musical work; externalism in action; ethics; fictional objects; definitions of art; normativity; and constructivism.

For further information, browse the headings below and list of faculty research interests and individual profile pages.