Research course

Reasons and Norms

Institution
Open University · Department of Philosophy
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) and, generally, an MA (or equivalent).

Months of entry

October

Course content

Questions about normativity and rationality arise in many contexts in philosophy, including epistemology and philosophy of science, the philosophy of mind and action, and the philosophy of health and wellbeing. The Reasons and Norms Research Group aims to promote research into questions about reasons and norms in all these subject areas and, where appropriate, to explore parallels between them.

These questions are important, not only to philosophers, but also to people working in a range of disciplines, especially in the social sciences. Hence, the group aims to promote discussion and collaboration across disciplines. It sponsors cross-disciplinary projects, working groups, conferences and seminars.

We welcome applications in areas that correspond with current staff research interests. We look for detailed and well thought-out proposals, which set out specific research questions and outline the originality of your topic or approach. If you would like to discuss your ideas informally before submitting an application, please contact us (details below).

Please consult the Philosophy discipline website for details of applications for PhD places, including those funded under the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts Southeast England (CHASE) scheme.

Potential research projects:

  • Issues concerned with rationality and reasoning, including the nature and justification of belief
  • Practical reasoning and its relation to evaluation, motivation, emotion and action
  • Moral psychology and moral reasoning
  • The limits of rationality; theoretical and practical irrationality
  • Issues concerned with (non-moral) norms and normativity, including the norms governing reasoning and inquiry, functional norms, and norms concerning health and wellbeing.

Potential supervisors:

Department specialisms

- Issues concerned with rationality and reasoning, including the nature and justification of belief - Practical reasoning and its relation to evaluation, motivation, emotion and action - Moral psychology and moral reasoning - The limits of rationality; theoretical and practical irrationality - Issues concerned with (non-moral) norms and normativity, including the norms governing reasoning and inquiry, functional norms, and norms concerning health and wellbeing.

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
36 months
distance learning
variable months

MPhil

distance learning
variable months
part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

Name
Professor Sophie Grace Chappell
Email
FASS-Philosophy-PG-Admissions@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 659214