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  • Decolonising Philosophy - Do we need to wake up to western prejudice?

    Many see the search for universal truths about the world as the noble aim of philosophy. Yet our universities largely dismiss non-Western philosophy, and critics argue that British students are taught a narrow analytic approach. Are great ideas independent of time, place and tradition? Do African conceptions of the self or Chinese Mohist logic offer equally valid insights? Do we need to wake up to Western prejudice, or is there only one right way to think?

  • We’ve been ranked 6th for Religious Studies & Theology in the latest Guardian subject rankings!

  • Lancaster achieves highest ever ranking of 7th in Complete University Guide 2020

  • PPR invites applications for funded PhD places in philosophy, through the AHRC’s North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership competition.

    The Department of Politics, Philosophy, and Religion at Lancaster University invites applications for funded PhD places in philosophy, through the AHRC’s North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership competition

  • Lancaster University is the Times and Sunday Times University of the Year

    We are pleased to announce that In the new Times and Sunday Times/Good University Guide 2018, the three subject areas are in the top ten, with two of the subject areas in the top five for the UK.

  • Denial of the Armenian Genocide should concern us all

    April 24 marks the anniversary of the start of the Armenian Genocide, during which the Ottoman state murdered 1.5m Ottoman Armenians. But while it might have begun 102 years ago, in a sense, the genocide did not end; the inheritor Turkish state then embarked on a project of denial – the final stage of genocide.

  • How the BJP has come to dominate lower-caste politics

    Hindu nationalists have reshaped Indian politics using the idea of cross-caste Hindu unity.

  • Liberating Mosul is one thing – next comes the real challenge for Iraq

    The battle to fully recapture Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) is in its final stages – and it is rapidly intensifying. On March 17, 200 civilians were killed in airstrikes on western Mosul mounted by the US and the Operation Inherent Resolve coalition. Lt Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of Operation Inherent Resolve, suggested that the US might be directly responsible for the deaths: “because we struck in that area, I think there’s a fair chance that we did it”. This is the latest in a series of incidents involving collateral damage. Townsend suggested that the fighting in Iraq’s second city is “probably the toughest and most brutal close-quarters combat that I have experienced in my 35 years of service”.

  • Teachers' Conference

    The Lancaster University Religious Studies Programme would like to invite GCSE and A Level Religious Studies teachers to a series of free Teachers’ Conferences on the subjects of Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. The theme throughout all three days is 'Teaching Religion through Primary Sources'. The conferences will take place on 10, 11, and 12 July

  • Families can’t tackle obesity alone

    Governments must act to combat childhood obesity, warn experts following major European Commission-funded study. European governments must act to help families improve their children’s health and tackle the obesity epidemic.