Centre for Literature and Philosophy


The Centre plays a vital role in promoting research activities and enhancing the research environment in the Schools of English, and History, Art History and Philosophy HAHP, and in disseminating research by students and faculty. We seek to create a stimulating environment for creative thinking, open discussion and critical engagement with ideas from a wide range of sources including literary, philosophical (analytic and continental), historical and psychological.

Research is conducted in areas such as cognition, emotion and literature; ethics and literature; continental philosophy; interpretation and psychoanalysis; and fiction and reality. Centre staff can provide support and supervision for graduate work in any of these areas.

Leading researchers who contribute to the activities of the Centre include: Dr Paul Davies (Kant and post-Kantian aesthetics, the character of fiction and of poetry); Professor Michael Morris (the nature of representation); Dr Sarah Sawyer (the metaphysics of fiction); Professor Nicholas Royle (Derrida, psychoanalysis, creativity and criticism); Dr Kathleen Stock (imagination, fiction); and Dr Keston Sutherland (Adorno, lyric poetry).

Professor Robert Bernasconi is Honorary Professor at the School of History, Art History and Philosophy.