Research course

The Emotions

Institution
Open University · Department of Philosophy
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) - MA (or equivalent).

Months of entry

October

Course content

The Philosophy discipline welcomes applications for graduate work on the emotions, spanning the fields of philosophy of mind, ethics and aesthetics, among others. Questions about the nature of emotions and emotional experience, about their relationships to other psychological states, and about their role and value in human life have been a focus of intense and illuminating debate in recent years. However, numerous questions remain to be explored.

Several members of the Philosophy Department have research interests in this area. Professor Derek Matravers published a monograph Art and Emotion (OUP, 1998) about the expression of emotion in literature, art and music, and he has continued to write on the topic. He also works on empathy, and has recently published a book, Empathy (Polity, 2017) on the topic. Emotion is Carolyn Price’s main research interest. She has published a range of articles concerning the nature and value of emotion, as well as particular emotions, such as grief and love. She has recently published a book Emotion (Polity, 2016); and she is currently co-editor of Emotion Researcher, an online sourcebook owned by ISRE (the International Society for Research on Emotion).

Research and research students are at the heart of the discipline. In joining us, you would join a lively and friendly graduate community. The discipline hosts papers by visiting speakers throughout the year, and an annual graduate conference at which students give papers on their work in progress.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MPhil

full time
15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Discipline Convener
Email
FASS-Philosophy-PG-Admissions@open.ac.uk