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Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford


Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford

The Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford, was founded in 2001. Previously it was a sub-faculty of the Faculty of Literae Humaniores (which had been founded in 1913).[1] Despite this, the teaching of philosophy at Oxford dates back to mediaeval times, while the faculty can boast 150 full-time philosophers, building on the established tradition of Oxford philosophy. It is part of Oxford's Humanities Division. It is currently ranked 2nd in the world by the Philosophy Gourmet report.[2] It is ranked first in the UK by the Complete University Guide,[3] Guardian,[4] Times [5] and Independent.[6]

Some of the world's greatest philosophers have studied or taught at Oxford, including William of Ockham, John Locke, Jeremy Bentham and Thomas Hobbes, and in more recent times Amartya Sen, Peter Strawson, Alfred Ayer, Gilbert Ryle, Isaiah Berlin, Bernard Williams, Thomas Nagel and Elizabeth Anscombe.

Other philosophers (e.g. Thomas Nagel and Noam Chomsky have been brought to Oxford to lecture at its named lectures, such as the John Locke Lectures and the Gareth Evans Memorial Lectures.

Oxford has these chairs in philosophy:

Notable Members

Past members

(list incomplete)


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  7. ^ The History of the University Of Oxford, Volume IV : The Seventeenth Century, ed. N.Tyacke,Oxford, 1997, p.10)

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