The Philosophy Faculty at NCH inspires and encourages students to investigate fundamental questions with some of the most searching, creative and influential thinkers of the past two-and-a-half thousand years.
The Philosophy Faculty comprises a world-class team of academics chosen for their talent for and commitment to teaching and their research interests and expertise.
What we teach
Students will investigate questions of ethics and political philosophy through the works of Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant and Mill; as well as questions about mind and world and the limits of human knowledge through the works of Descartes and the Empiricists; and take a course in logic starting with rules of good reasoning and truth-preserving patterns of argument.
NCH has a wide range of research expertise in philosophy. Indeed, with both research active permanent faculty members, and an extraordinary visiting professoriate, we have research strengths in all of the main areas of the subject: practical philosophy and value theory; the history of philosophy; and theoretical philosophy.
Hear from our academics
‘Anyone with a keen, curious mind – who thinks with rigour, seriousness and imagination – can take up and excel in philosophy.
‘If you love ideas, choose to study at a place where the lectures are sufficiently small that you can ask questions and debate them, and where other students have the same self-selecting keen curiosity and interest in their studies that you do. Study at a place where your tutors will meet with you individually each week to help you to formulate and defend your own interpretations of the texts you’re reading and connect your ideas and questions with others in the philosophical tradition.’
Dr Naomi Goulder, Head of Faculty & Senior Lecturer in Philosophy