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Welcome to the Department of Philosophy at Trinity College. Based in the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, we are a small and student-friendly Department which offers a world-class programme in philosophy. There has been a rich tradition of philosophical excellence at Trinity since its foundation in 1592 and today the Department is a close-knit, lively intellectual community of researchers, teachers and students which combines high-quality teaching with expansive research activity.

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    Strong Philosophical Tradition - George Berkeley (1685–1753), one of the world’s greatest philosophers, was educated at Trinity and wrote some of his most important philosophical works while an academic of the College. Political philosopher Edmund Burke (1729–1797), who established the University’s debating society, also studied at Trinity.

  • Research Excellence - Trinity’s Department of Philosophy has consistently been ranked as a premier philosophy department and is among the top 100 philosophy departments in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016).

  • High Quality Teaching - we offer three undergraduate degree programmes where students learn from inspiring academics who have published widely in their fields. Depending on their interests students have the opportunity to specialise solely in philosophy or to combine with the study of another subject or subjects.

  • Highly Regarded Graduates - Trinity graduates are extremely well regarded worldwide and our students find that their ability to be analytical and to be innovative thinkers opens up a range of career opportunities. Many students go on to postgraduate study both at Trinity and other prestigious universities such as Stanford, MIT, LSE and the University of Cambridge.

  • Public Outreach and Engagement - we regularly offer public lecture programmes to enable the public to engage with philosophy, the Department and its work. Recent extra mural themes have included Philosophy and Education and Philosophy and Love.

Our website will provide you with an overview of our distinctive approach to education and research. And we are always delighted to hear from potential students and from our graduates so please do get in touch.

Professor Paul O'Grady
Head of the Department of Philosophy