Philosophy at Queen’s offers education, research and scholarship of the highest quality in the major fields of philosophy, aiming to be a centre of philosophical excellence and to provide a friendly and supportive learning environment. Our existing degree pathways include single-honours Philosophy, Philosophy and Politics, Philosophy and English, and Philosophy and Theology. We are also offer an interdisciplinary programme in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Within philosophy, we have strengths from the history of philosophy to the latest philosophical problems, and study opportunities are available in the traditions of analytical philosophy and scholastic philosophy.
Our undergraduate degree includes a wealth of different subject areas and topics. Amongst these are the ideas and arguments of some of the major philosophers in the history of the subject, encountered in their own writings; some central theories and arguments in the fields of Logic, Metaphysics, Epistemology and Philosophy of Mind; some central theories and arguments in the fields of Moral Philosophy; and an awareness of major issues currently at the frontiers of philosophical debate and research. All our modules are “research-led”, and offer discussion of current major philosophical issues. Our degree pathways, subject to annual improvement, currently begin with a module introducing philosophy followed by modules on human nature and the good life. In second year, single honours students take modules in epistemology, moral theories, philosophy of mind, and logic & critical thinking, with a further two chosen from: modern political thought, scholastic ethics, and history of philosophy. In third year, single honours students can determine study areas for themselves by way of a dissertation, in addition to choosing modules from metaphysics, scholastic metaphysics, applied ethics, mind and nature, Aesthetics, and philosophy of science. Opportunities for postgraduate study are also available.
Dr Joseph Diekemper teaches and researches in philosophy of the mind, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion, with particular interests in time, ontology, the metaphysical implications of theism, and specific issues in Christian philosophical theology.
Dr Benjamin Jarvis teaches and researches primarily in epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and philosophical logic. He is currently interested in the nature of intentionality and the methodology and epistemology of philosophy.
Dr Jeremy Watkins researches on theories of forgiveness and punishment, moral and legal responsibility, moral luck, the ethics of international law, and the definition of morality. He has published in the collection Philosophy and International Law and in the journals Oxford Journal of Legal Studies and Theoria.