Reviewers praise the very impressive level of research activity in the Department of Philosophy
The panel of international RQR reviewers described research activity in the Department over 2008-14 as very impressive both in terms of its quantity and quality. The small number of staff, including two early career researchers produced “seven monographs, 40 chapters in books, 40 articles in referred journals, and 12 books in edited series, in addition to encyclopedia entries, and many conference presentations giving the staff (and Department) a substantial international reputation.
As a further indication of this reputation reviewers pointed to the large number of invited lectures and keynote addresses [and] the translation of a number of works into other languages, and by the awards and honours awarded to staff. The reviewers also made specific reference to three particularly impressive book awards that ensure that philosophy at Cork has been put on the international map.
The Department was judged to be a good environment for postgraduate study, with staff welcome, available, accessible and engaged with postgraduates ...
Whilst within the discipline Philosophy it is notoriously difficult to attract research funding the Reviewers noted that the Department has had some notable success in this area."
The Philosophy Department has established a distinctive identity through special emphasis on a few signature areas of research, including global migration issues, social identity and group agency, and Asian philosophy. New and additional resources are being devoted to developing a strong profile in philosophy of public policy, especially in the health domain, built around the recently launched MA in Health and Society administered jointly with UCC's Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.