Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford
The Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford, was founded in 2001.
History of philosophy at Oxford
Previously it was a sub-faculty of the Faculty of Literae Humaniores (which had been founded in 1913). Despite this, the teaching of philosophy at Oxford dates back to mediaeval times, while the faculty can boast 150 full-time philosophers, building on the established tradition of Oxford philosophy. It is part of Oxford's Humanities Division. It is currently ranked 2nd in the world by the Philosophy Gourmet report. It is ranked first in the UK by the Complete University Guide, Guardian, Times  and Independent.
Some of the world's greatest philosophers have studied or taught at Oxford, including William of Ockham, John Locke, Jeremy Bentham and Thomas Hobbes, and in more recent times Amartya Sen, Peter Strawson, Alfred Ayer, Gilbert Ryle, Isaiah Berlin, Bernard Williams, Thomas Nagel and Elizabeth Anscombe.
Other philosophers, including Noam Chomsky, Saul Kripke and Hilary Putnam have been brought to Oxford to lecture at its named lectures, such as the John Locke Lectures and the Gareth Evans Memorial Lectures.
Oxford has the following chairs in philosophy:
- White's Professor of Moral Philosophy (founded in 1621)
- The Waynflete Professorship of Metaphysical Philosophy (founded in 1859)
- The Wykeham Professor of Logic (founded in 1859)
- The Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion (founded in 1920).
- The Wilde Professor of Mental Philosophy (founded in 2000).
- Professorship in Ancient Philosophy
- Nick Bostrom
- John Broome
- Harvey Brown
- David Charles
- Roger Crisp
- A. C. Grayling
- John Hawthorne
- Terence Irwin
- Brian Leftow
- A.W. Moore
- Stephen Mulhall
- Toby Ord
- Derek Parfit
- Janet Radcliffe Richards
- Gonzalo Rodríguez Pereyra
- Julian Savulescu
- Richard Sorabji
- Ralph C. S. Walker
- Timothy Williamson
- Michael Ayers
- Simon Blackburn
- Ronald Dworkin
- Peter Geach
- Christopher Peacocke
- Amartya Sen
- Colin McGinn
- Sir Geoffrey Warnock
- Mary Warnock, Baroness Warnock
- Sybil Wolfram, mother of mathematician Stephen Wolfram
- The History of the University Of Oxford, Volume IV : The Seventeenth Century, ed. N.Tyacke,Oxford, 1997, p.10)