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Philosophy at Royal Holloway has a vibrant and diverse research culture.

Philosophy at Royal Holloway has established strengths in Anglo-American Philosophy, European Philosophy, Political Philosophy, and the History of Philosophy. All staff are research active, regularly publishing, attracting research funding, and speaking at conferences. Further information can be found an individual staff profiles accessed via the Philosophy Staff Directory.

Philosophers at Royal Holloway have also brought their research to bear on the wider community. Read more about our Impact

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Dr Suki Finn and Dr Rebecca Roache both work on topics in practical ethics. Roache has written on the ethics of human enhancement and is a research associate at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford. Finn has written about ethical issues relating to pregnancy, surrogacy, and ectogenesis. 

Dr Henry Somers-Hall and Professor Nathan Widder both work on the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. Somers-Hall co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Deleuze. Widder has written widely on Deleuze and recently hosted the annual Deleuze and Guattari Study Camp and Conference at Royal Holloway (2019). Somers-Hall co-edited and Widder contributed to A Thousand Plateaus and Philosophy (Edinburgh University Press, 2018). Together, Somers-Hall and Widder have co-supervised multiple PhD projects on Deleuze through to successful completion. 

Royal Holloway has recently appointed three new people all with interests in feminist philosophy and theory: Dr Suki Finn, Professor Laura Sjoberg (PIR), and Professor Sarah Childs (PIR). Finn has published in the philosophy of pregnancy and has interests in the connections between queer theory and philosophy. Sjoberg is working on a book on the relationship between sex acts and the constitution and enforcement of state borders. Her larger interests are in feminist and queer theorizing about security. Childs' latest book is on feminist democratic theory, Feminist Democratic Representation (Oxford University Press, 2020), co-authored with Karen Celis (VUB), and her wider interests lie with gender and political representation, parliaments and political change, both empirically and theoretically. 

In 2022, Royal Holloway will also host the annual conference of the Society for Women in Philosophy

Dr John Sellars and Dr Daniel Whistler both have research interests in the historiography of philosophy. In 2019 Sellars co-organized the conference 'Philosophy as a Way of Life in the History of Philosophy' with colleagues at King's College London. In 2020 Whistler co-organized the conference 'The Geography of Truths: Nations, Territories and the History of Philosophy', along with fellow members of the London Historiography of Philosophy Working Group.  

Dr Anthony Bruno and Dr Daniel Whistler both work on Kantian and Post-Kantian philosophy, including German Idealism and Phenomenology, with particular interest in the work of Schelling. Bruno is one of the organizers of the London Post-Kantian Seminar (supported by the AHRC) and is editor of Schelling’s Philosophy: Freedom, Nature, and Systematicity (Oxford University Press). Whistler is author of Schelling's Theory of Symbolic Language: Forming the System of Identity (Oxford University Press). 

Dr Michael Bacon and Dr Neil Gascoigne both work on pragmatism, with particular interest in the work of Richard Rorty. Bacon is the author of Pragmatism: An Introduction (Polity, 2012) and Gascoigne is the author of Richard Rorty: Liberalism, Irony and the Ends of Philosophy (Polity, 2008). 

Stoicism is a central research topic for Dr John Sellars (Philosophy) and Dr Liz Gloyn (Classics). Sellars has written multiple books on Stoicism, one of which has been described by reviewers as "excellent", "outstanding", and "the best introduction to the subject". Gloyn works primarily on Seneca; her monograph The Ethics of the Family in Seneca was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017, and was described as "a significant achievement". Together they organized a workshop devoted to Musonius Rufus in April 2019 and are currently co-editing a volume on Musonius. They plan a series of Royal Holloway Stoic Workshops in future years, beginning with one on ethics in the early Stoa (postponed from 2020). 

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